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15/11/2013 | Paris

Three years after founding its StelLab scientific network, PSA Peugeot Citroën is presenting the initial results of research initiatives conducted with its scientific partners. This research into "clean technologies", Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and driver assistance systems offers a tangible example of the Group's "Open Innovation" approach.

StelLab lays the groundwork for the cars of tomorrow

The Science Technologies Exploratory Lean Laboratory, or StelLab, was created to oversee the scientific partnerships conducted jointly by the Group's Scientific Affairs Department and PSA Peugeot Citroën University. An integral part of the Group's "Open Innovation" programme, StelLab is responsible for leading a network that fosters discussion and dialogue among scientists, experts from PSA Peugeot Citroën and high quality outside partners.

Today, three years after StelLab was founded, the initial results of these research partnerships are being published, offering a view into the avenues the Group is exploring for the cars that will be on the road 15 years from now. PSA Peugeot Citroën's mission through its OpenLabs network is to meet the major challenges of the future in the areas of environmental protection, automobile safety and driving experience.

Clean technologies, for reduced CO2 emissions

  • Combustion of energy-dense solid fuel to replace oil.
  • Simulation of the behaviour of composite materials to reduce vehicle weight.
  • Production of shape memory materials to improve vehicle aerodynamics depending on the conditions of use.

Driver assistance systems, for increasingly safe vehicles

  • Creation of driver assistance systems based on a "school of fish" formation to improve traffic flows, reduce collision risks and optimise travel time.
  • Collection and analysis of data recorded on the open road to gain a better understanding of complex driving behaviours.

Human-Machine Interface, for a new driving experience

  • Observation and analysis of Chinese customers' cultural expectations to develop innovations that respond to their needs.
  • Recognition of finger movements without the driver's hands leaving the steering wheel to enhance in-car safety.

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