The DGAC plays a central role in the world of air transport. A directorate of the French Ministry of Transport (Ministère des Transports, de l'Equipement, du Tourisme et de la Mer), its foremost missions are to guarantee the safety and security of air transport in French airspace and at airports and
In 2005, the association ASTRID (Agency for technology support, industrial research and development) was replaced by the competitive cluster "Véhicule du Futur". What is a competitive cluster? -> France decided in 2004 to combine the key factors of competitiveness into its new industrial policy. The
The transport sector has a high energy dependency and environmental impacts. It remains a major cause of pollution and noise and has impacts on ecosystems and landscapes. Limiting these problems is of key importance and a requirement of France's international commitments (Kyoto protocol). To achieve
Significant progress has been made in the reduction of polluting emissions from vehicles: direct emissions from private vehicles have been reduced, certain emissions from diesel vehicles can be limited with specific filters. However, progress still has to be made in noise and pollution reduction
Research on comfort and ergonomics cannot be totally dissociated from safety issues. The driver's position, the quality of air temperature or acoustics play a great part in the general comfort of passenger compartment. The overlaps between different modes of transport are developed, which does not
International competition requires the implementation of innovative and environmentally friendly solutions. For years, industry has set quality at the heart of design and production processes. This step must also be applied to transport.
France's rail infrastructure needs to be used in an optimal way in order to ensure the lasting development of the transport system. This includes the direction to follow concerning the development of technologies for rail equipment and high-speed trains. Trains should become cheaper, less noisy and