• Transport and Mobility

Autonomous Lab Car



The Autonomous Lab Car technology platform is a fully instrumented vehicle used in research on autonomous vehicle control. Beyond the scientific developments in the field of Automatic (environmental perception, trajectory planning and control), the emphasis is on the driver’s consideration in the control loop. One of the main points is the cooperation between the driver and the system thanks to the haptic sharing of the driving.

It is also used in teaching. The particularity of the school’s project is to have its students develop each of the technological components required to eventually achieve a full range of the vehicle. Most of the developments are therefore concentrated on the "software" parts, the sensors and actuators being identical versions to those used in the industry. The vehicle control system breaks down into different bricks, each meeting a specific need.

This equipment is part of the RITMEA CPER AV-Lab regional platform.


  • Sébastien PAGANELLI
    Technical manager
  • Sébastien DELPRAT
    Scientific manager


Le Mont Houy
59313 Valenciennes Cedex


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Two general orientations:
- Study and modelling of driver and user behaviour;
- Design, prototyping and evaluation of advanced driver assistance systems;

A specific methodology and tools supporting the methodology

Know-how related to automated driving:
- Trajectory planning, control (longitudinal and lateral)
- Multi-level cooperation with the driver
- Haptic shared control
- “Interactive” planning

Learning for Adaptation:
- Learning techniques
- Evolution of automation according to learning (preferences and adaptation)

System Validation:
- Stability – accuracy (mathematical evidence)
- Functional validation (numerical simulation, interactive simulation, real vehicle testing)
- Experimental validation with novice subjects (interactive simulator campaigns, real vehicle campaigns)

Example(s) of projects

• ELSAT2020: Human Transport and Mobility (Regional Project 2016-2020)

• ANR CoCoVeA: 🡭

• ANR AutoConduct: Adapting the autonomous vehicle automation strategy to the needs and condition of the driver.

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

Nationales : Université de Caen (COMETE), Université Gustave Eiffel (LESCOT),

Internationales : Université NTU Singapour

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

Stellantis, Continental Automotive, FH Electronics

Services offers

Services provided

- Installation of sensors and actuators,

- Measurement performance (video, lidar, CAN bus), etc.

Consulting services

Consulting services on all our skills



Nom Modèle Marque
Inertial Control Unit and GPS-RTK Ellipse 2D/ SBG
Lidar 360° VLP32C/ VELODYNE
Calculator MicroAutoBox III/ dSPACE
RTMAPS Software Suite RTMAPS/ Intempora
Instrumented vehicle C1/ Citroën
Front camera BlackFly/ FLIR


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France (UPHF)

Unit(s) of attachment


Competitive cluster


Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Transport and Mobility
    • Intelligent and autonomous vehicles
    • Intelligent transportation systems