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ottobre 09, 2019 - PSA

The LAB: at the service of Road Safety since 1969

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  • Formed in 1969 by the two French carmakers, the #lab is a laboratory for accident analysis, biomechanics and the study of human behavior.
  • Its purpose is to observe, analyze and anticipate with a view to furthering road safety.
  • The #lab has helped decrease the number of road fatalities in France by some 80% within the last 50 years.
  • It brings together 20 road safety experts, from engineers in biomechanics and automotive technology to specialists in cognitive and physical ergonomics, doctors, data scientists, statisticians, sociologists and psychologists.

At the LAB's 50th anniversary celebrations at its site in Nanterre, Director Stéphane Buffat said: "We are very proud today to highlight the endeavors of the #lab and its experts who work every day to improve road safety and help save lives. Our strength lies in our 50 years of expertise based on observation, analysis and anticipation. The LAB's work helps make it possible for the various players in the automotive industry to design the technologies of tomorrow to continually improve safety for all."

In its 50 years of operation, the #lab has actively contributed to decreasing road fatalities. In France, the number has dropped from 16,881 in 1973 to 3,259 in 2018, representing a fivefold reduction within 45 years. The #lab is now more committed than ever to helping develop the technologies of tomorrow that will further reduce road fatalities.

The #lab, which is an EIG (economic interest grouping) and the only organization of its kind in Europe, is made up of safety experts from Groupe #psa and Groupe Renault. It participates in European studies, sharing its observations and analyses so that all stakeholders in the field of safety can factor them into their action plans.

Carla Gohin, Vice President, Research, Innovation & Advanced Engineering at Groupe #psa, said: "The LAB's work is a real asset for us as carmakers. Its data and analysis are essential in defining new technologies for ever more safety on the roads." Sophie Schmidtlin, Alliance Global Director for Advanced Engineering, added: "Road safety is a major issue for carmakers. And we have the good fortune of benefiting from the LAB's expertise as a unique global benchmark."