Driverless vEhicles are coming in our liVEs? let’s debate about it!

The first French citizens’ debate brought together more than 350 people
in 5 French communities on January 27th 2018

Urban community of Grand Paris Seine et Oise, Toulouse Metropole and Sicoval, Rennes Metropole and the urban communities of la Rochelle and Sophia-Antipolis, welcomed more than 350 citizens, on January 27th 2018. They came to debate all day issues related to the arrival of driverless vehicles in their lives and their territories.

Of the 5 sites, they followed the same protocol of debate and answered the same questions.

An unprecedented debate on this topic!

« For once, we ask the question to citizens before the technology is out on the street » Sylvie Landrieve, Forum Vies Mobiles

Debate locations

How was this day ?  

The format: five discussion rounds of about one hour, so that all participants can gradually get into the complexity of the subject. Each cycle began with the projection of a video inviting the exchange of arguments and carrying information on these new technologies and their impact on our lives. Among the issues addressed: the expected benefits in our lives, the mobility of the disabled, the arrival of the first autonomous flying taxis, or the loss of revenue for the state, caused by the disappearance of fines and other taxes on fossil fuels …

Discussion tables of 5 to 6 people gave participants the opportunity to share with ease, and to express themselves without fear of judgment – whether that of their relatives, or experts, who were not invited to take part in the debates. In the end, this atmosphere favorable to reflection allowed citizens to find themselves as actors and partners of the political, and not reduced to a function of future consumers of new technologies.

Pedagogical videos to understand the key stakes of the topic

Séq. 0: Entrée en matière

Séq. 1: Les véhicules sans conducteur, ça veut dire quoi pour vous ?

Séq. 2: Des véhicules sans conducteur : quels changements dans nos vies ?

Séq. 3: Quels scénarios pour le déploiement des véhicules sans conducteur ?

Séq. 4: Une société de robot mobiles ? Opportunités et points de vigilance

Séq. 5 et 6: Focus sur mon territoire et conclusion de la journée

The results 

We invite you to consult the first global results on this website. They will be refined from day to day (by type of questions, by site, age categories, gender, profession or level of knowledge of the questions stated by participants …). The complete and analyzed results will be made public, in Rennes, on March 16th, during the InOut show, (“Digital mobility is inventing and testing in Rennes”).

Organize your own debate !

Are you interested in the subject and the method? Do not hesitate to organize a “mirror debate”! You can download here the documents used during the debate. We make available the information magazine, videos projected on D-Day. Serve yourself !


The citizen debate on driverless vehicles is carried out by a coalition of partners: local authorities hosting debates, private partners (actors from the various economic sectors concerned), public institutions and research institutes.

Missions Publiques designed it and will animate it.

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