Partners & founding


Whether for financial support, as a project partner or a competitiveness or other cluster, CARA provides its members with a gateway into the sector of mobility and vehicles of the future, giving additional impetus to initiatives and enabling all members to broaden their scope of action. CARA is one of the 67 national competitiveness clusters and one of the 21 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional clusters.





As an organisation that collectively benefits the industry, the aim of the Automobile and Mobility section of the PFA is to help establish, coordinate and promote the actions required to boost competitiveness and strengthen the French automobile industry.



The Carnot Institutes are public research bodies, accredited by the Ministry for Research, which carry out partnership research to promote innovation for companies – from small and medium-sized businesses to major corporations – and socio-economic players. In this context, 9 Carnot Institutes have joined together to form Carnauto, dedicated to companies in the automobile and mobility sector. Their aim is to boost competitiveness and the attractiveness of companies by facilitating their access to innovation.



The purpose of the Company for the Acceleration of Technology Transfer of Lyon Saint-Etienne is to help with the emergence of innovative start-ups with growth potential and to create jobs in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, resulting from or based on the expertise of the laboratories of higher education institutions and public research centres in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region.


i@L (Ingénierie @ Lyon)

L’i@L is an engineering cluster that includes the expertise and resources of 13 public research laboratories and an industrial technical centre for plasturgy and composites, with over 1,600 research partners, including 742 Ph.D. students in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes experienced in working with businesses.


IRT System X

The SystemX Institute for Technological Research is one of the eight technological research institutes created by the government to boost the attractiveness of the region. Accredited in 2012 within the framework of the “Investment for the future” programme, it is intended to boost Digital Transformation by designing Engineering for Systems of the Future within the transport, communication, digital security and energy sectors.




Founded in 2015, the association groups, together the 4 major networks handling logistics, supply chain and transport in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Region, namely Auvergne Ferroviaire Développement, Auvergne Logistique Développement, CARA and the Pôle d’intelligence Logistique.




This association groups together the various authorities that organise transport in France. The GART strives to develop public transport and alternatives to individual use of cars. Over 250 authorities belong to the GART, which defends its members at all levels of public policy decision-making.



The National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) is a public administration overseen by the French Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Digital Technology. It is in charge of handling applications and issuing industrial property titles (patents, marks, drawings and models), contributing to the drafting of industrial property law, providing the public with all information necessary for protecting industrial property rights, training and raising awareness among economic players with respect to industrial property issues and centralising the national trade and companies register.