Experimental Studies of Traffic Incident Management with Pricing, Private Information, and Diverse Subjects

The effective management of traffic incidents and other irregular disruptions on roadways is key to minimizing travel delay and improving the quality of life for urban residents and businesses. This project is currently using economic experiments involving human subjects and a networked, realistic driving simulation to study driver behavior in response to information displayed by variable message systems and to dynamic road pricing schemes. Based on existing results, the project will propose four new extensions to this study: the addition of more realistic driving mechanics to test driver responses to the projects treatments under increased cognitive load, the recruitment of subjects outside the University of California, Irvine (UCI) student body to confirm the validity of the results with different demographic groups, the implementation of treatments to study the impact of private information messaging systems (e.g. Waze, Google Maps, etc.), and the implementation of treatments to study a novel value-of-time based auction system for toll lane pricing and allocation. Improvements to the driving realism and the representativeness of the projects experimental subject pool will strengthen the robustness and validity of this study’s results, while the investigation of private information messaging and value-of-time auction scenarios will shed light on their potential for improving transportation management.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $172313
  • Contract Numbers:

    2016 - TO 050 - 65A0529

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95843

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    University of California Center on Economic Competitiveness in Transportation (UCCONNECT)

    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA  United States  94720-1782
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of California, Berkeley

    Berkeley, CA  United States  94720-1720
  • Principal Investigators:

    Brownstone, David

    McBride, Michael

  • Start Date: 20160501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170430
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01628682
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University of California Center on Economic Competitiveness in Transportation (UCCONNECT)
  • Contract Numbers: 2016 - TO 050 - 65A0529
  • Files: UTC, RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 2 2017 1:10AM