TransAID

15104
From 2017 to 2020
Within TransAID we investigate the impacts of automated vehicles on traffic safety and efficiency on both motorways and urban areas. We specifically focus on ‘Transition Areas’ – situations where new vehicle automation systems are not working, due to for example system limitations, missing road markings, sensor malfunctions, complex intersections, or construction sites. 
TML will concentrate on the dynamic modelling of driver behaviour (in relation to autonomous vehicles and various levels of autonomy) and conduct an impact assessment of various traffic management strategies on the levels of congestion, emissions, and traffic safety (external costs).  Our team also takes the lead in the dissemination activities.

More info:
There will be areas and situations on the roads where high automation can be granted, and others where it is not allowed or not possible due to missing sensor inputs, highly complex situations, road words, ... In these ‘Transition Areas’ automated vehicles will have to change their level of automation, possibly even relinquishing control back to the driver or executing a minimum-risk maneouvre.
Within TransAID, we model driver and vehicle behaviour, as well as realistic vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications with limited bandwidth availability. In addition, we formulate advice to vehicles, using measurements of the traffic streams, surrogate safety measures to assess traffic safety, and predefined policy goals. This entire system is implemented in large integrated simulator, after which the most promising solutions are then implemented as real world prototypes and demonstrated under real urban conditions. Finally, guidelines for advanced infrastructure-assisted driving are formulated. These guidelines also include a roadmap defining activities and needed upgrades of road infrastructure in the upcoming fifteen years in order to guarantee a smooth coexistence of conventional, connected, and automated vehicles.

Period

From 2017 to 2020

Client

European Commission - Horizon 2020

Partner

Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahr (DLR), Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC), Dynniq, Map Traffic Management (MAPtm), Ethniko Kentro Erevnas kai Technologikis Anaptyxis (CERTH), Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche (UMH)

Our team

Lars Akkermans, Kristof Carlier, Sven Maerivoet, Inge Mayeres
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