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January 3, 2018 | CARFIT and the CEA establish laboratory on artificial intelligence applied to automotive vibration data analysis

carfitCARFIT and the CEA recently signed an agreement to establish a joint research lab to investigate artificial intelligence applied to automotive vibration data and data interpretation. The laboratory will be staffed by researchers from List, a CEA Tech institute, and CARFIT and will focus on developing artificial intelligence methods capable of identifying the signs of mechanical failure from vibration data.

CARFIT is developing a real-time monitoring technology for cars that will ultimately power a smart maintenance system tailored to driver habits. CARFIT, which brings together automotive-industry specialists, research scientists, and artificial intelligence experts, will leverage the joint lab to expand its predictive maintenance capabilities by using automotive vibration data analysis.

List has been developing artificial intelligence technologies for several years, focusing both on neural network architectures and on advanced algorithms. The CEA and CARFIT bring a complementary range of disciplines to the partnership. The two organizations will run joint R&D programs that will lead to the design and development of an innovative architecture that will take advantage of deep learning to provide more accurate diagnostics, predict failures, and maximize the coverage of mechanical failures on automotive components by analyzing vibration data. The R&D will apply to light utility vehicles (maximum authorized weight of 3.5 tons).

“As an automotive technology startup, a joint lab with the CEA marks a major step for CARFIT. The lab will boost our artificial intelligence capabilities beyond what we could have achieved alone and will create opportunities for us with automotive-industry stakeholders already working with the CEA,” said Nicolas Olivier, CEO, CARFIT.

“List is contributing to the automotive revolution by driving advances in driverless and connected vehicles and developing digital services,” said Philippe Watteau, Director, List. “Artificial intelligence is one of the major enablers of this revolution and our joint laboratory with CARFIT will pave the way for tomorrow’s automotive maintenance, which will be predictive and provided as a service.”

The joint lab is part of the Instituts Carnot automotive-industry initiative to make businesses in the automotive industry more competitive and attractive by facilitating access to innovation.