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Colas Île-de-France Normandie and UTAC CERAM have signed a partnership agreement on autonomous vehicles and the road of the future.

Linas-Montlhéry, June 8, 2017 - Colas Île-de-France Normandie has signed a partnership with UTAC CERAM as part of the CEVA Test Center Program for Autonomous Vehicles. This facility is supported by BPI France and its future investment program (PIA).


The test center, located at the heart of the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry, will be operational in the second half of 2018. Its aim is to push the French automotive industry to a major player in the design and development of autonomous and connected vehicles.

These infrastructures and skills will be unique in France. They will offer vehicle and equipment manufacturers the possibility to develop and test in confidence the embedded intelligence systems under many different using conditions: urban, road and highway.

Colas Île-de-France Normandie wants to make this center a showcase of technology and innovation. To carry out this project, the subsidiary of Colas will use the diversity of its businesses: Road, Building and Civil Engineering. It will also call on Aximum, also a subsidiary of the Colas group, which specializes in safe mobility.

Laurent Benoit, CEO of UTAC CERAM, said: “ We launched a call for partnerships to respond to the growing interest generated by this project and to work with major partners on all the technological fields addressed (roads, Infrastructure, communication, connectivity, data processing, simulation). CEVA is a R&D tool which is constantly at the best technological level not only for automotive manufacturers and suppliers but also for all the contributors of tomorrow's mobility. Colas Île-de-France Normandie is a partner of choice that we are particularly proud to welcome.”

Didier Manseau, President of Colas Île-de-France Normandie, said: “Colas shares a long history with the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry, as it carried out the road circuit more than 90 years ago. This was a huge technological challenge. Today, Colas Île-de-France Normandie perpetuates this formidable tradition of innovation by participating in the development of the infrastructures of the future: connected roads adapted to the requirements of electric and autonomous vehicles. These infrastructures are also more environmentally friendly with less emission and less energy-consumption. We are proud to be able to share these innovations with UTAC CERAM on this Linas-Montlhéry project. "

Contact us at contact@utacceram.com for further information.

Photo caption (from left to right): Jean Romain POULAIN (Regional Director, COLAS Ile-de-France Normandie), Frédéric TOUSSAINT (Head of Agency, COLAS Ile-de-France Normandie), Christophe LIENARD (Group Innovation Manager, COLAS Ile-de-France Normandie), Laurent BENOIT (CEO, UTAC CERAM), Jérôme PASCHAL (Vehicle Active Safety Manager, UTAC CERAM), Thierry PAJOT (Administrative and financial director, UTAC CERAM), Didier MANSEAU (President, COLAS Ile-de-France Normandie)