How New Transportation Systems Shape Cities: The Example of Greater Paris

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 12:00pm

About the Event

From the days of antiquity to modern times, cities have always adapted to and been shaped by new transportation technologies. Michel Parent used the example of the greater Paris region to explore how new transportation technologies can help cities meet the challenges of mobility—for people as well as goods—while satisfying the constraints of ecology and quality of life.

In his presentation, Parent described how intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies can transform the way private automobiles are used and how the vehicle industry might be affected. In particular, Parent talked about the European CityMobil project, which explored how automation in transportation can help improve mobility in cities.


Michel Parent is scientific advisor to IMARA (Computer Science, Mathematics and Control for the Automated Road), a project team from INRIA, the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control. This team focuses on the research and development of information and communication technologies for road transport, in particular on fully automated vehicles (cybercars). He was the creator and director of this team between 1991 and 2010 and is considered the “father” of the cybercar concept.