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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-13-0099
Project Name:   TO-14020: Lane Change/Merge Fundamental Research: Phase 1
Project Status:   Programmed
Start Date:  July 1, 2013
End Date:  October 1, 2015
Contact Information
Last Name:  Dailey
First Name:  Daniel
Telephone:  202-493-3395
E-mail:  daniel.dailey.ctr@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Operations Research and Development
Team:   [HRDO-02]
Laboratory:   Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory
Project detail
Project Description:   Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is developing concepts for using automated longitudinal control in several projects that explore the potential to improve mobility and safety. But while most research has explored automated longitudinal control in simple highway driving scenarios only, deployment will necessarily require that other traffic movements, such as lane changes, weaves, merges, and demerges, will be enabled. In addition, new operational concepts and technologies, e.g. driver lateral control while longitudinal control is automated, are necessary in order for mobility and safety benefits to be realized. The purpose of this project is to initiate foundational experimental research, based upon enabling technologies for automated operation and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, in the area of Lane Change and Merging.
The objective of this project is to obtain a basic experimental understanding of the needs and methodologies for performing two merge and weave lateral maneuver types in f research vehicles.
Product Type:   Research report
Technical report
Test Methodology:   Instrumentation
Expected Benefits:   A platform technology that enables automated longitudinal control for a fleet of research vehicles.
Deliverables: Name: Task 8: Final Report
Product Type(s): Research report, Technical report
Description: Produce a report that will include the literature review, document the concepts and development process, describe the algorithm development and testing, describe the evaluation and down select, document simulation efforts, document the experiments and the outcome of hypothesis testing as well as contribute to development of a future Concept of Operations for Lateral Control as a complement to automated longitudinal control.
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms:   Cruise Control
Instrumented Vehicles
Vehicle to Vehicle Communications
Vehicle Performance
Vehicle to Infrastructure Communications
FHWA Disciplines:   Operations
Subject Areas:   Vehicles and Equipment
Operations and Traffic Management
Data and Information Technology


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