Field Implementation and Testing Eco-Traffic Signal System Applications

The objective of this research effort is to apply earlier promising eco-traffic signal system research results that were demonstrated in simulation environments to develop a prototype for an eco-traffic signal system and to showcase how such a system can be implemented in the field using the current traffic control technology. As part of the eco-traffic signal system prototype, a secure and survivable data exchange architecture will be developed and tested to facilitate successful system implementation in the field. In addition, simulation analysis will be extended to study the effect of traffic network configuration and structure and traffic demand profiles on the eco-traffic signal system performance and benefits. The eco-traffic signal system developed as part of this project is capable of receiving connected-vehicle data (vehicle location, speed, type) using 5.9 GHz dedicated short range communication (DSRC). It also communicates with the traffic controller on a real-time basis using the National Transportation Communications for Intelligent Transportation System Protocol (NTCIP) communication protocol. The eco-traffic signal system developed in this project has several innovations. First, the system operates and achieves its potential using current traffic controller and controller cabinet technologies. Second, the system is compatible with applications within the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) connected-vehicle initiative. Third, minimal hardware, in addition to traffic controllers, is required for full system implementation. Fourth, computer driven algorithms are used to implement traffic signal control decisions using connected-vehicle data. Furthermore, the proposed system architecture employs two revolutionary software design approaches: design for survivability and software performance measurement at the task level. The research should result in a highly practical set of guidelines to improve signal timing procedures and arterial operations to reduce fuel consumption and vehicular emissions. The project supports Tranlive's Goal 1: Integrate real-time data systems and advanced transportation applications to better manage congestion while minimizing environmental impacts - Strategy 1.3: Develop infrastructure control strategies for eco-traffic signal system applications.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $700000.00
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Syracuse University

    L.C. Smith College of Engineering & Computer Science
    223 Link Hall
    Syracuse, NY  United States  13244

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

    Blacksburg, VA  United States  24061

    National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology

    University of Idaho, Moscow
    115 Engineering Physics Building
    Moscow, ID  United States  83844-0901
  • Principal Investigators:

    Salem, Sam

    Rakha, Hesham

    Krings, Axel

    Chang, Kevin

    Abdel-Rahim, Ahmed

  • Start Date: 20140630
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160131
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39032

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01571789
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12GUTC17, KLK915
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 30 2015 1:00AM