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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-07-0026
Project Name:   Intersection Control for Autonomous Vehicles
Project Status:   Completed
Start Date:  September 28, 2007
End Date:  August 31, 2013
Contact Information
Last Name:  McHale
First Name:  Gene M
Telephone:  202-493-3275
E-mail:  gene.mchale@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Operations Research and Development
Team:   Trans Enabling Technologies Team [HRDO-10]
Program:   Exploratory Advanced Research
Project detail
Project Description:   Traffic control algorithms for autonomous vehicles will be developed, tested, and evaluated in simulation, with a full-size robotic vehicle. The control algorithms will be developed to support an environment where vehicles are communicating with each other and with roadside equipment. The traffic control algorithms will deliver time slot reservations to individual vehicles with automated control systems that can ensure the vehicle arrives at the intersection at its reserved time slot. This is an Exploratory Advanced Research program project with the University of Texas at Austin, which is contributing a 50 percent match to the project value.
Goals:   Traffic control algorithms for autonomous vehicles will be developed, tested, and evaluated in simulation with a full-size robotic vehicle.
Field Test:   No
Product Type:   Research report
Software
Test Methodology:   First come, first serve concept at intersection.
Expected Benefits:   Proposes to research the avoidance of intersection collisions through the application of autonomous vehicle technology. Additionally, the control of autonomous vehicles for optimal flow through intersections is proposed.
Deliverables: Name: Final report and simulation tool.
Product Type(s): Research report, Software
Description: The deliverables are a detailed report documenting the effort of this project, findings, and recommendations, as well as a simulation tool created by the researchers for this project.
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--FHWA Research and Technology
TRT Terms:   Automated Vehicle Control
Simulation
Operations
Research
Intersections
Traffic Control
Algorithms
FHWA Disciplines:   Operations
Subject Areas:   Operations and Traffic Management

 

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