Groupe Renault, together with the Transdev Group, IRT SystemX, Institut VEDECOM and the University of Paris-Saclay, has initiated the Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab project to develop new autonomous mobility services using dedicated lanes and public and campus streets to supplement the existing Saclay Plateau transportation systems.
The remarkable project is located in the Paris-Saclay area, which lends itself to innovation, and involves complementary project participants committed to developing shared autonomous mobility.
The purpose of the Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab project is to devise and test different smart, autonomous, electric and shared public and private mobility services to supplement the existing transportation systems in the Paris-Saclay area.
The Paris-Saclay experiments are designed to identify the requirements for rolling out an autonomous mobility service on a broader scale.
The project will focus on two main issues: technology, with an autonomous transportation system comprising two types of supplementary service; and acceptability, with user panels to study ridership.
Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab incorporates advanced technologies in the smart vehicle systems, supervision system, connected infrastructure and secure telecommunications networks.
A comprehensive autonomous transportation system comprising autonomous vehicles, a supervision system, connected infrastructure and customer applications will be set up and experiments will be conducted to determine the requirements for scaling up an autonomous mobility service.
The experimental system using autonomous electric vehicles – three Renault ZOE Cab prototype cars and a Transdev-Lohr i-Cristal shuttle – will be progressively made available to a panel of users.
The Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab was inaugurated on 15 May at the SPRING 2019 innovation event by Grégoire de Lasteyrie, Île-de-France regional councillor, special delegate responsible for New Mobility and mayor of Palaiseau; Francisque Vigouroux, vice-president of the Paris-Saclay urban community responsible for Mobility and Transportation and mayor of Igny; and Michel Bournat, mayor of Gif-sur-Yvette and president of the Paris-Saclay urban community.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Thierry Mallet, chairman and CEO of Transdev Group; Arnaud Molinié, senior vice president, Mobility Services, Groupe Renault; Paul Labrogere, CEO, IRT SystemX; Sylvie Retailleau, president of the University of Paris-Saclay; Philippe Watteau, managing director, VEDECOM; and Elizabeth Crepon, director, ENSTA.