IFSTTAR joins the MobiLAB innovative mobility cluster

In Versailles, on the Satory platform, a new research centre has started to bring teams from the Vedecom Institute, IFSTTAR and Transdev together under the same roof. This cluster, known as MobiLAB, is intended to support innovation in the automotive sector in the Yvelines département. It provides researchers and engineers with a new facility where they can join together to pursue their work on the mobility of the future.

The new work and collaboration space provided by MobiLAB for automotive researchers has a surface area of 6,300 m² on four levels, and includes training rooms, laboratories, workshops, offices, simulators and a fab-lab. Located within the Versailles-Satory industrial centre, opposite the test tracks, this new research and training building is dedicated to innovative mobility. Officially opened on 7 February 2019, the building complex is the first concrete result of the project to develop clusters for the mobility of the future as part of the Paris-Versailles-Saclay Operation of National Interest (Opération d'Intérêt National (OIN)). It is the outcome of a novel partnership between public and private stakeholders which have been brought together within Satory Mobilité, a semi-public company (Société d’Economie Mixte - SEM) specialised in assisting commercial real estate projects that brings together the Yvelines Département, the Versailles Grand Parc urban community, the Caisse des Dépôts, Crédit Mutuel Arkéa, COFIP and industrial players such as Renault and Valeo.

Funded to the tune of €17 million, MobiLAB will eventually house nearly 300 researchers and engineers, more than half of whom will be affiliated with Vedecom. This is because this research institute, which is dedicated to low-carbon, sustainable, personal mobility has chosen MobiLAB as its new headquarters. The Institute's teams have been working at the site since last November, and have now been joined by those of IFSTTAR and the operator Transdev's Directorate for Autonomous Transport Systems. A number of SMEs are also expected to move in. Together, the stakeholders will engage in new work and collaborations at the site, particularly in the framework of joint scientific programmes. This is what the venue is intended for: pooling research, encouraging synergies, fostering business incubation and technology transfer... As a demonstrator, an experimental autonomous electric shuttle service is already being offered free of charge on the Satory platform. Known as Litchi and Framboise, two twelve-seater EZ10 shuttles travel the last mile between the "Cité des Cadres" bus stop, MobiLAB and nearby companies (Nexter, Arquus and PSA Motorsport, etc.).

With 45,000 jobs, including 15,000 researchers, the Yvelines is France's number one département for the automotive sector. Bringing together research stakeholders is essential to heighten the international attractiveness of the sector and its development, particularly for autonomous vehicles. MobiLAB has been designed and built with and for researchers to best meet their needs. 

Jean-Marie Ripart, director of the Satory Mobilité semi-public company


Photo:© Valero Gadan architectes