Renault starts Paris transport laboratory

By Simon Warburton | 15 May 2019

Renault has inaugurated its Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab to devise and test different smart, autonomous, electric and shared public and private mobility services to supplement existing transportation systems in the Paris-Saclay area.

An autonomous transportation system, autonomous vehicles, supervision system, connected infrastructure and customer applications will be set up and experiments conducted to determine 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.

Groupe Renault, the Transdev Group, IRT SystemX, Vedecom and the University of Paris-Saclay initiated the Autonomous Lab project. It was launched under the acronym EVAPS with support from the French government's Investments for the Future programme (PIA) entrusted to ADEME; the Établissement Public d'Aménagement Paris-Saclay; the Paris-Saclay urban community; the Essonne Department; and Ile-de-France Mobilités.

This first stage of the Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab project is one of the SAM experiments selected by the French government on 24 April, 2019 following the EVRA call for projects under the Investments for the Future (PIA) programme.

The SAM experiments are part of France's national autonomous vehicle development strategy. They are designed to familiarise local citizens and stakeholders with these systems, expand their use and build a regulatory framework which includes the safety approval process.