Instrumented vehicles

This page shows all the custom instrumented vehicles that are owned by IFSTTAR’s various scientfic departments.


Click on the name of one of them for a detailed description.

  • Instrumented drone for monitoring structures and the environment - IFSTTAR COSYS / GERS

    The instrumented drone for monitoring structures and the environment consists of a mini helicopter drone with a ground-station connected to a PC and to two screens that enable the drone to be piloted either with high-level commands or to follow a pre-programmed mission. This drone is fitted with a gyro-stabilised turret on which vision devices such as a videorecorder, a digital camera, infrared camera, etc. can be mounted. To conduct environmental tests on water quality, the drone can carry a water sampling system and a probe that can measure the conductivity, the pressure, the temperature and turbidity of water.


    This device is managed by two IFSTTAR departments, GERS (Geotechnical Engineering, Environment, Natural Hazards and Earth Sciences) and COSYS (Components and Systems)

  • Trajectographic testing and reference vehicle - IFSTTAR COSYS

    The trajectographic testing and reference vehicle is dedicated to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). It allows IFSTTAR to capture and replay GNSS, inertial, video and numerical signals, for example, in order to conduct scientific research, expert appraisals and geopositioning demonstrations. It is equipped with a reference trajectory measurement system which can measure the errors made by the systems under study and validate innovative algorithms developed by IFSTTAR. The reference trajectories it generates are on average accurate to within less than ten centimetres, even in difficult environments such as city centres and tunnels.


    More information is available on the website of the laboratory GEOLOC (Geopositioning), a laboratory that belongs to the IFSTTAR’s COSYS (Components and Systems) department.

  • Laboratory van for in-situ telecommunications, perception and positioning tests – IFSTTAR COSYS

    The laboratory van for in-situ telecommunications, perception and positioning tests has been instrumented in order measure signal transmissions while on the move. It allows IFSTTAR to see how transmission systems that have been simulated in the laboratory operate under real conditions. It is equipped with a number of sensors (speed, steering wheel angle) and pieces of equipment (transmission antennas, GPS antenna, signal generators and receivers, amplifiers, etc.). The vehicle has 5 seats, with two at the back so the experiments being conducted on the lab bench can be monitored. Once fully charged the different pieces of equipment have a battery life of roughly eight hours.


    This facility is managed by COSYS (IFSSTAR’s Components and Systems department)

  • Instrumented vehicles for studying real-life driving behaviours - IFSTTAR TS2/AME

    IFSTTAR’s instrumented vehicles for studying real-life driving behaviours allow the Institute to collect data about the behaviour of a driver, the environment, and the vehicle in selected situations and at selected moments. The vehicles consist of saloon cars that have been fitted with a variety of sensors and vehicle-borne systems in order to collect data (video footage, observations, physical or physiological measurements) throughout the journey and in a synchronised manner. A partnership with automobile manufacturers means it is possible to access the data on the CAN bus. Data post-processing means we can characterise the situations which pose problems for drivers, for example.


    Further details on the VICTOR instrumented vehicle are available on the website of LESCOT (Laboratory of Ergonomics and Cognitive Sciences applied to Transport), which belongs to TS2 (IFFSTAR’s Transport, Health and Safety Department). Another vehicle is managed by AME (Planning, Mobilities and Environment Department)

  • Instrumented vehicle for studying dynamic vehicle behaviour - IFSTTAR TS2

    is not only used to validate dynamic models and on-board observation devices, to develop vehicle-borne primary safety applications (diagnosis of loss of control, estimation of skid resistance, etc.) and to reconstruct the characteristics of roads, but also to develop and validate on-board recorders or for in-depth investigations on sites where Detailed Accident Studies are carried out (analysis of loss of control, evaluation of the safety of the vehicles stability control system).


    This piece of equipment is managed by TS2 (IFSTTAR’s Transport, Safety and Health Department).

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