• Transport and Mobility

Autonomous Mobility Platform



The "Autonomous Mobility" technology platform includes four major technological equipment for the development and testing of autonomous road and rail transport systems:

- SHERPA platform, full-scale dynamic driving simulator 🡭

- Citroën C1 and DS7 prototype vehicles (Autonomous Lab Car & PRIVAC platforms), open architecture vehicles equipped with sensors (LIDAR, RADAR, GPS RTK, inertial centre, etc.), interfaces (reconfigurable dashboard, driver HMI, steering input); and on-board computers (MicroAutoBox, PC Real-Time, ...) for prototyping and testing of technological solutions for the autonomous vehicle on track and open road;

- the PSCHITT-Rail platform, a full-scale dynamic ferro-rail simulator 🡭

- PSCHITT-PMR Platform, Dynamic Wheelchair Travel Simulator 🡭

This equipment is part of the SHERPA, PSCHITT-Rail, C1 and DS7 platforms of the RITMEA CPER regional AV-Lab platform and the PSCHITT-PMR platform of the RITMEA CPER regional PMR-Lab platform.


  • Jean-Christophe POPIEUL
    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

Knowledge related to the automation of transport systems:
- Trajectory planning, control (longitudinal and lateral)
- Multi-level cooperation with the driver
- Haptic shared control
- “Interactive” planning
- HMI (Human Machine Interaction)

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 or experienced (professional) subjects, interactive simulator and real vehicle campaigns.

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

- PSCHITT Rail : STRMTG, IRT Railenium, Alstom, OKTAL-Sydac, FactHum France

- PSCHITT-PMR : CERAH (Institution nationale des Invalides), IBHGC (ENSAM Paris), IRISA (ENS Rennes)

Services offers

Consulting services

Consulting services on all our skills



Nom Modèle Marque
MOBAUTO - SHERPA simulator SCANeR/ AVSimulateur
PSCHITT-Rail simulator OKSimRail/ OKTAL-Sydac
PSCHITT Simulator - PMR SCANeR/ AVSimulation


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France (UPHF)

Unit(s) of attachment


Competitive cluster

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Transport and Mobility
    • Access to mobility, travel modes
    • Intelligent and autonomous vehicles
    • Intelligent transportation systems
    • Security and defense in transport