Road safety research is an essential element for progress in the fight against accidents. The challenge is to understand the complex mechanisms of the accident, the dysfunction of the traffic system composed of infrastructure, vehicles and road users.
The French Institute of Transport, Planning and Network Sciences and Technologies (Ifsttar), born on 1 January 2011 from the merger of INRETS and LCPC, is a public scientific and technological institution under the joint supervision of the Ministries of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, Territorial Cohesion and Higher Education and Research.
Ifsttar conducts finalised research and expertise in the fields of transport, infrastructure, natural hazards and the city to improve the living conditions of our fellow citizens and more broadly to promote the sustainable development of our societies.
For more information : https://www.ifsttar.fr/en/welcome/
The Centre for studies and expertise on risks, the environment, mobility and development (Cerema), created on 1 January 2014 from the merger of SETRA, CERTU, CETMEF and CETE, is a public institution dedicated to supporting public policies, placed under the dual supervision of the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition and the Ministry of Territorial Cohesion.
For more information : https://www.cerema.fr/fr
The National Institute for Road Safety and Research (INSERR) was created in 1993. It is a national training organization specifically dedicated to road safety. It is also a study and research centre (studies, documentary engineering projects aimed at enhancing a body of knowledge in road safety, educational tools for trainers).
For more information : http://inserr.fr/
The UTAC CERAM group was created in 2013 from the union of UTAC (Union Technique de l'Automobile et du Cycle), an organisation that brought together the institutional activities of regulation, approval, roadworthiness tests and certification, with CERAM (Centre for Testing and Research Applied to Mobility). It includes within its remit the Automotive Standards Bureau (BNA) created in 1927, and has been designated since 1991 by the Ministry of Transport as the Central Technical Organisation (OTC). As such, it centralises all the results of vehicle roadworthiness tests, identifies in technological developments the need to adapt tests to vehicles innovation, and assists the Administration.
For more information : https://www.utacceram.com/
Le LAB et le CEESAR
Manufacturers are involved in two structures that actively contribute to the improvement of accidentology knowledge:
The Laboratory for Accidentology, Biomechanics and Human Behavior Studies (LAB), part of the technical departments of PSA Peugeot Citroën and Renault.
The European Centre for Safety Studies and Risk Analysis (CEESAR), an association (1901 law) bringing together industrialists (French car manufacturers, equipment manufacturers), engineering schools, insurers and personalities from the medical or industrial world concerned with risk prevention and primarily road risks.