Training curriculum

VEDECOM’s training courses obviously cover the Institute’s technical expertise. However, they also look at the socio-economic challenges of new mobility services. They cover the social science and humanities aspects of efficient function design and uses, as well as legal aspects, user behaviour, the emergence of new business models, infrastructure development issues, and analyses of public policies on mobility, parking, and so on.

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Electric machines and mechatronics


The ‘more electric vehicle’ seen by its designers

Against a background of ever fiercer international competition, France’s so-called ‘Macron’ law emphasises the country’s need to speed up research into the electric vehicle.
This course is mainly intended for R&D engineers from the automotive and aerospace sectors with pre-service training in electrical engineering or experience in one of the themes dealt with.
It will help them to better understand the challenges inherent to vehicle electrification and the interactions between disciplines so that they are better able to design tomorrow’s vehicles.

The electric vehicle charging ecosystem
Target: Local authority decision-makers, public powers, engineers from the automotive and aerospace sectors

Self-driving vehicle

A flexible course to develop understanding of all aspects of self-driving and its impacts.



Module 1: Technical aspects
Since Google’s trials in Nevada, there have been ongoing experiments with the self-driving vehicle and new products brought to the market.
The goal of this module is awareness-raising, to develop an overall vision of the self-driving car as an object, to analyse the related socio-economic issues, to understand the technical architecture, the different automation solutions and the self-driving vehicle’s functions.

Module 2 : Human factors
This module looks at the notions of vehicle and the role of the driver when designing a self-driving vehicle.

The content is focused on the concepts of interaction and cooperation to ensure the safety and performance of the system.  Human factors such as reliability, trust, acceptability and intentions to use will be analysed.

Module 3: Civil liability
Today, victims of road traffic accidents, compensated under the Badinter law of 5 July 1985, benefit from a special status. The introduction of self-driving vehicles, which aim to improve the comfort of drivers, must not squash the rights that are enshrined in this law.
This module is designed to make it possible to identify and anticipate cases in which a person’s civil liability is invoked in the event of a road traffic accident involving a self-driving vehicle.

Module 4: Testing and Approval
This module addresses the issue of security and regulatory requirements for ADAS and self-driving vehicles: how and why do we approve vehicles for use in France, Europe and the world? What are the key points for safety and future approval of self-driving vehicles? What are the testing and approval resources available from VEDECOM (Satory) and UTAC (Linas-Montlhéry)? The module offers an in-depth look at the processes, bodies and stakeholders involved in regulatory and standardisation work, and will provide attendees with the elements they need to build a robust testing/approval action plan.

Module 5: Creation of an autonomous vehicle demonstrator: drive the experience!
or How to develop projects for demonstrations on open roads in urban and peri-urban environments

The open-road urban and semi-urban demonstrations presented by the VEDECOM Institute at the 2015 ITS world congress in Bordeaux, then in a long-term set-up in Versailles, followed by a presentation in Amsterdam last April, aim to provide an overall vision of self-driving in an urban environment.
These demonstrations, which elicit extensive feedback, mean we are able to offer introductory training on how to run a demonstrator project.
Course participants will be given key elements to help them analyse this project, carried out under time constraints, within a multidisciplinary and multicultural team. You can also learn how to drive a demonstrator out on the track.