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Simu& Moto ERE

The objectives of the SIMU&MOTO ERE are to develop valid tools for studying road users' behaviour, training or re-training their ability to move. The aim is to enable the design of efficient measures to reduce road mortality and facilitate the mobility of the most vulnerable users (including people with temporary or permanent reduced mobility).

SIMU&MOTO proposes to conduct research on the development of "valid" tools and methods for studying the behaviour of transport system users, taking into account inter and intra individual aspects. The research, carried out through internal or external collaborations with Ifsttar, thus focuses on:

 1. the refinement of driving simulators to improve the realism of the proposed situations and thus limit their bias (in particular "simulator sickness"),
2. the development of methods for assessing the validity of simulators (including measurements on "human", up to medical imaging tools),
3. the design of instrumentation and indicators for the study of displacement/driving behaviour in real and virtual situations (2-wheeled motorised in particular). 

Research is inherently iterative, the study of the behaviours (in the broad sense) allowing to identifying ways of improvement in immersion processes. It is multidisciplinary by nature and involves a rapprochement with various teams: Hôtel Dieu hospital (AP-HP teams) and a team from the Institut de Recherche Biomédicale des Armées (IRBA) for subjects related to neuro-sciences; SATIE/MOSS for questions relating to instrumentation (vehicles or simulators) and real-time control/command aspects.

Beyond the last four years, and through contractual projects, these collaborations have made it possible to respond to societal issues related to road safety (from the development of devices for triggering motorcycle air-bags to the study of behaviour in real driving situations and their applications for regulatory changes and driver training).