PREDIT is a French programme encouraging research, experimentation and innovation in land transport. It was launched and implemented by the ministries in charge of research, transport, environment and industry, ADEME (Environment and Energy Agency) and ANVAR (Research valorisation agency - now known as Oséo). By stimulating cooperation between the public and private sectors, this programme aims at conceiving transportation systems that would be economically and socially more effective, safer, energy-efficient, and environmentally-friendly.
The 4th PREDIT programme’s general objectives are to encourage developments in:
- Transport technology,
- Transport-related services,
- Knowledge and tools for public policy.
More specifically, the 4th PREDIT programme covers land surface transport (road, rail, waterways) and their interfaces with maritime and air transport, focusing on dynamic aspects related to traffic-flow management. In so doing, the programme promotes environmental considerations: 20% energy-efficiency enhancement, priority to alternative transport modes, development of green-taxation.
GO 1 – Energy and Environment: research in propulsion technologies, and in greenhouse effects and impact assessments.
The PREDIT programmes do not have an overall budget per se, with budgets coming from the participating ministries and agencies. The PREDIT board advises research projects on financing conditions and each individual project is financed by one or all of the 3 Ministries and 3 government agencies involved.