IMARA (Computer Science, Mathematics and Control for the Automated Road) is a project-team from INRIA (the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control), and is located at INRIA Rocquencourt (see here how to visit us).
IMARA is a “horizontal” team at INRIA dealing with advanced Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Its original objective was the coordination and the transfer of all the research done at INRIA which can be applied to the the concepts of automated driving. IMARA became a proper project-team in 2008 and is collaborating and working in the following research themes that apply to the concept of LaRA - La Route Automatisée:
The goal of these studies is to improve road transportation in terms of safety, efficiency, comfort and also to minimize nuisances. The technical approach is based on drivers aids, going all the way to full driving automation.
The project-team provides to the different teams cooperating with us, some important means such as a fleet of a dozen of computer driven vehicles, various sensors and advanced computing facilitites including simulation tool.
An experimental system based on fully automated vehicles has been installed on the INRIA grounds at Rocquencourt for demonstration purposes.
The project-team (and its partners in LaRA) is strongly involved in numerous European projects on advanced drivers assistance systems and traffic management.
The project-team is also deeply involved in the development of the “cybercars”, the urban vehicles of the (close) future which have totally automated driving capabilities. A cooperation is underway with the major players in the field such as Frog Navigation Systems (NL), Robosoft (F) and Yamaha Europe (NL) to develop and test this new generation of vehicles. INRIA is a major test site for these transportation systems with an operational system in Rocquencourt.
Active collaboration is also under way with several of the best research organisations in the field abroad: University of California at Berkeley, Jia Tong University (Shanghai), Nayang Technical University (Singapor), University of Coimbra (Portugal), Technion (Israel), Riken Institute (Japan), …