An Interview with Jean-Philippe Dogneton, General Director of MACIF


Can You explain the Movin’On Community of Interest and their goals, and how MACIF is involved?

MACIF has been involved in the question of the future of mobility for a long time. In the light of our raison d’être, in 2018 we decided to deepen our study into a subject which brings lots of hope, but also fear: the autonomous vehicle.

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Thus, MACIF leads the work of a Community of Interest project on autonomous vehicles for Movin’On LAB. The latter gathers 12 companies: BNP Paribas Cardif, Deloitte, Faurecia, Kantar, MACIF, Maif, Michelin, Microsoft, Orange, SNCF and Vinci – as well as major participants from the scientific community, government institutions and civic associations.

Positioned around the motto “Mobility for all, Autonomy for all”, our community of interest concentrates on the shared shuttle in suburban and rural areas. How can shared AV shuttles facilitate better mobility for the underserved and improve access to employment? Our ambition: promote a mode of mobility that is practical, affordable, supportive of local economic activity and environmentally friendly.

Explain others goals and actions held by MACIF towards the sustainable mobility market?

As a player in all forms of mobility, MACIF commits to promoting mobility that is practical, accessible for all and more environmentally-friendly.

As a founding member of the Inclusive Mobility Laboratory, MACIF (along with its members) is concerned about the social impact of mobility. We actively participate in studies carried out by Movin’On LAB and the Védécom Institute. Our mobility studies are underpinned by an ethical commitment to improved access and sustainability.

We are committed to supporting individuals and projects that represent the best of our thinking on the subject. Current partners include Rezo Pouce, GoMore, Carizy, Mobicoop and Karos; organisations that share our values around social solidarity, improved movement between territories, and social inclusion.

From a global perspective (not just for France), what is your vision of sustainable mobility? What are the stakes for key players and what are the threats and opportunities for businesses like yours?

For MACIF, mobility is a social and environmental issue. The way we approach autonomous vehicles is testament to this orientation. We are convinced that AVs can be positive for society, so long as they improve transport options for those who lack them, minimise environmental harm and reinvigorate business and social activity in city centers.

However, the development of autonomous vehicles still has some questions that need to be answered. What do we think about robots in wheels taking over our streets? What are the strengths and weaknesses of AVs? Is our trust in AVs misplaced? Will the pandemic slow down or accelerate adoption?

To answer questions like these and support our community of interest work, in 2020 – together with the Védécom Institute – MACIF created the world’s first ‘Acceptability Indicator’ for autonomous vehicles.

Explain why it is important for you to be part of Autonomy Digital 2.0 and what the event can do for some of your activities?

Autonomy Digital 2.0 enables discussion with multiple high-level experts on the questions of mobility. It offers us an opportunity to present, as precisely as possible, the progress of our studies on autonomous vehicles. The richness of exchange offered by Autonomy Digital 2.0’s ecosystem is nourishing for our work, challenging us to find accurate answers to tough questions.

Interested in meeting with MACIF or hearing more about the joint Movin’On Community of Interest AV project? Register for Autonomy Digital 2.0, happening online May 19 – 20, 2021!