Mobility and safety

Efficient transport and safe travel

Mobility and safety issues, which are central to IFSTTAR's research, are addressed by Theme 1, whose aim is to achieve "efficient transport and safe travel". Mobility systems are crucial for the functioning of modern societies, and they must become more energy efficient, more reliable and resilient while integrating technologically innovative components. They must also make the effort to understand the consequences of the automation of transport systems.

In this context, the researchers are working to develop solutions that meet society's expectations, i.e. that are reliable, energy-efficient, safe and responsible, as well as suitable for all people and goods


 Goal 1

Improving the reliability of passenger and freight transport for all modes and purposes, with well-managed costs and externalities:

  • By helping to design more reliable and resilient transport systems
  • By identifying the most energy-efficient ways of managing mobility and transport networks
  • By adapting the rail system to train automation


Goal 2

Enhancing the safety and ergonomics of transport, for mobility that is stress-free and respectful of human life:

  • By pursuing the modelling of human phenomena in an increasingly automated and connected context
  • By developing specific innovations for vulnerable users and accident victims
  • By improving the travel conditions of vulnerable persons in terms of comfort, accessibility and safety
  • By gaining a better understanding of the causes of accidents and injuries in order to save human lives and reduce harm to people
  • By designing and evaluating innovative measures and mechanisms to gain insight into behaviours and foster safer travel


Goal 3

Moving forward with regard to multimodal, intelligent, clean and seamless systems and services:

  • By using innovative technologies to better understand the transport practices of persons and goods and their determinants
  • By studying the human and social dimensions of today's and tomorrow's mobility
  • By improving simulation platforms for road vehicles, including (motor)cycles, and pedestrians

By participating in the science and technology of "Intelligent Transport Systems" (ITS)