SESNA Project

The SESNA project is a French national R & D project on autonomous vehicles financed by BPI France and the Ile-de-France region. RATP, CEA, Bureau Veritas, Sherpa Engineering, EasyMile and BMCP are the consortium partners. The project objectives are to assess the risks of cyber attacks and to verify that autonomous vehicles are resistant and resilient to hacker attacks. The CEA Paris-Saclay - which is a sensitive site due to its civil research activities – hosts this trial project. Performed in a semi-open environment, its purpose is to test the viability of an autonomous shuttle system in a continuous and cybersafe operation.

Our client
The challenge

Test the cybersecurity of an autonomous shuttle system

Our solution

Validate the applicability of autonomous technology on sensitive sites.

Based on our expertise in autonomous vehicle technologies and their interoperability, AVAIRX carried out the feasibility and pre-set-up study of the service by assisting RATP in the design of the implementation phase of the trial, from analyzing the routes and the integration plans of the autonomous shuttles to conducting the dependability, reliability, availability, sustainability and cybersecurity studies, through the definition of a pre-regulatory framework applicable to this trial.

This mission aimed at validating the applicability of autonomous shuttle technology on a particularly sensitive site in terms of safety and security. It also contributes to the reduction of vehicle usage by solo-drivers, preparing for new public transport solutions, expected with the advent of the Grand Paris Express metro.


A first successful trial on site, in real traffic conditions

Two EASYMILE autonomous electric shuttles drove on an open road inside the CEA Paris-Saclay research campus, between mid-February and April 2018. This urban environment with moderate traffic allowed the shuttles to interact in real traffic conditions, including interaction with pedestrians and cyclists. First scientific publications have also been published by the CEA as part of the IEEE International Symposium on Real-Time Computing. IEEE ISORC 2018.

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