Assessing innovation

in real situations


By placing real-life use at the centre of projects, application demonstrators bring innovations to life and secure their capacity to find their market. Our ecosystem targets the passenger and freight transport markets, especially in urban environments.

These are complex markets, particularly due to the wide range of players to take into consideration when implementing new services and solutions, including public decision-makers, transport operators, users and end clients. Through demonstration, CARA focuses on two objectives:

Rallying all the players together to prepare for the rollout of solutions, organisations and services adapted to the challenges of sustainable cities and the reality of the market.

Developing an assessment methodology in real-life situations to address the acceptability of these solutions and their maturity with respect to the following aspects:

  • Technical
  • Regulatory
  • Economic
  • Environmental
  • Societal


CARA provides support for all players involved in mobility:

Solution providers

  • Identifying the expectations of local areas, operators and final users
  • Defining scenarios for assessment in real-life situations


Communities and authorities that organise transport

  • Analysing the impact of a solution on the local area prior to rollout
  • Implementing innovative, inclusive and adapted mobility policies


Transport operators

  • Reporting problems in the field, in order to draw up the appropriate solutions jointly with the innovation drivers
  • Testing innovations in operations to prepare and anticipate future changes


Assessment is essential to establish not only the acceptability and value of use of innovation, but also its impact on the local area. Eventually, to ensure the success of the rollout, the demonstration must enable:

  • Drivers of innovation; to adjust their solution to ensure it best meets the requirements of the market;
  • Transport operators; to adapt their choice of solutions, depending on the value of actual use and be able to adjust their operations accordingly;
  • Public decision-makers; to ensure their decision-making is based on proof of the benefit of the innovation in their area prior to potential purchase for rollout or the introduction of regulatory incentives.


Constance LAUFFET
Directeur Démonstration sur les Territoires
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