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Groupe PSA and Inria, the French national institute for computer science and applied mathematics, are working together on artificial intelligence in a four-year research programme. The joint AI OpenLab joins the 18 OpenLab research facilities - described as pooled experimental resources - already established by PSA with partners.

The AI OpenLab will look at 12 topics, including the application of AI in autonomous and intelligent vehicles, mobility services, manufacturing, for design development tools, design, digital marketing, quality and finance. Increasing the efficiency and reliability of data acquired by AI is seen as one of the main challenges.

Carla Gohin, Group PSA VP for research and advanced engineering, said in a statement: “The OpenLab will work on artificial intelligence algorithms enabling autonomous vehicles to drive in complex environments, for example. It will also work on predictive maintenance, powertrain design optimisation, and the modelling of complex systems such as cities, to offer mobility services adapted to people’s needs.”

Isabelle Ryl, Inria managing director, added: “The digital transformation of the automotive sector leads to the emergence of a lot of research topics, especially in artificial intelligence. Inria’s project teams will participate in this OpenLab bringing their high-level algorithmic expertise.”

PSA’s AI OpenLab programme will complement its activities as part of the PRAIRIE (PaRis Artificial Intelligence Research) Institute, a collaborative initiative involving Amazon, Criteo, Facebook, Faurecia, Google, Microsoft, Naver Labs, Nokia Bell Labs, Suez and Valeo, as well as CNRS, Inria and PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres) University; and those of its StelLab (Science Technologies Exploratory Lean Laboratory).

-Farah Alkhalisi