Autonomous Transport

The 2016-2020s will see the gradual commercialization of new transport solutions, which increasingly rely on automatic driving and operations. This will constitute a major disruption for these systems. It is necessary to provide the transport industry with an  improved security, a better quality of service and energy performance, a new user experience, more comfort, more time for drivers and operators, a capacity increase, facilities for disabled persons, and more generally a new planning for the city and the urban life.

In this domain, SystemX proposes developing new secured and safe architectures for autonomous vehicles and transport systems, integrating new uses, critical onboard systems, infrastructure evolution and their interactions.

Industrial challenges

Autonomous vehicles, for which safety is a real challenge, call for major technological breakthroughs. The SystemX IRT aims to become a leader in the field of complex systems security.

Fitted with sensors and innovative control systems, these vehicles will improve road safety and ensure that, over time, and in a manner that is totally safe, drivers will have more free time or productive time. They will also help to improve traffic flow, develop new flexible and adaptable public transport services that take advantage of these improvements, and make transport more accessible to people with disabilities, the elderly and society’s most vulnerable.

The challenges with regard to safety are far-reaching and present at every stage of development, from design up until validation, and need to be faced in order to demonstrate the safety of autonomous vehicles (safety dossier of the autonomous vehicle, statutory since standard ISO 26262).

The inherent complexity of autonomous vehicles, which incorporate a wide-range of components (sensors, location, navigation, automatic control, etc.), and operating situations (interaction with other non-autonomous or autonomous vehicles, pedestrians, infrastructure, environment, etc.) , makes simulation all the more necessary, in order to concentrate “”field”” validations on what is strictly necessary, and thus reduce engineering time and development costs to a minimum.

The industrial challenges for which SystemX proposes offering help to develop and deploy autonomous Transport services and solutions are:

  • Modelling and simulating autonomous transport systems
  • Designing safe architectures ready for future developments in autonomous vehicles
  • Developing safe and secure hardware and software platforms
  • Guaranteeing optimal traffic management
  • Ensuring the consistency of human/vehicle/environmental interactions

Example of use cases

  • Modelling and simulating the level 4 autonomous vehicle to demonstrate its safety
  • Designing a safe software architecture to control an automated metro
  • Ensuring the cohesion of vehicle/driver interactions in the cabin of an autonomous vehicle


Discover the projects conducted within the IRT SystemX linked to this research axis:
API project
ASV project
CMI project
CTI project
ELA project
EVA project
FSF project
ISE project
LRA project
PST project
SCA project
SVA project
TAS project