The update of the French strategy, which follows on from the automated vehicle strategy published in May 2018, led by Anne-Marie Idrac, aims to make France the preferred location in Europe for the deployment of automated road mobility services. It is the product of consultations organised notably under the aegis of the DGTIM, in which Leonard took part alongside industrial companies and mobility services.
Since 2017, Leonard has been bringing together representatives of all VINCI business lines concerned by changes in mobility. This work anticipates what role infrastructure will play in a systemic approach to mobility with the aim of developing safe and affordable autonomous mobility services. They gave rise to various experiments in which VINCI companies took part alongside public and private partners, such as the first autonomous shuttle service to operate in rural areas in France.
Infrastructure as part of a systemic vision of mobility
The National Strategy for Automated Mobility 2020-2022 enshrines cooperation between autonomous vehicles and infrastructure. The document recalls that France has opted for a systemic vision of safety (link between vehicles, users and infrastructure), and stresses that “the coordinated and supervised operation of automated vehicles deserves growing interest and could attract new players“.
The 2020-2022 Strategy also makes “the integration of all system and service components (in particular the link with infrastructure, connectivity, supervision, operation)” the first of the three conditions to be met for a scaling up of autonomous mobility services, with the strengthening of synergies between actors and the appropriation by regions of the potential of autonomous mobility.
It also makes “the improvement of connectivity functions, particularly those related to infrastructure, to help the on-board system in its perception of the environment, allow remote supervision and intervention, support the development of services and the operation of cooperative vehicle fleets” one of the 5 priorities of the sequence proposed by Anne-Marie Idrac to the Deputy Minister for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari and the Deputy Minister for Industry Agnès Pannier-Runacher.
Finally, among the orientations adopted for the use of autonomous vehicles, which presage the usages of tomorrow, the 2020-2022 Strategy includes the idea of “carpooling and automated transport cooperating with the infrastructure“.
Discover the autonomous shuttle trains of the New Deal for the expressways of Greater Paris
In cooperation with various actors – industrials, architects and city planners in particular – Leonard proposed in 2019 an original prospective vision of these automated transports by 2050. In a vision entitled “New Deal for the Greater Paris Expressways”, developed as part of the international call for proposals of the Greater Paris Metropolitan Forum, which brings together all the institutional players in the capital region, we presented a concept of trains of autonomous shuttle on dedicated high-speed tracks.