Integrative Vehicle-Traffic Control in Connected/Automated Cities

In connected/automated cities, (some) vehicles can drive themselves and are connected with each other, with the infrastructure, and with the rest of the world (e.g., pedestrians). As a result, their individualized characteristics (such as vehicle types, dynamics, emission/fuel consumption characteristics) can be revealed in such a connected environment. This provides opportunities and challenges for both traffic signal control and vehicle control. It calls for integrative vehicle traffic control (iVTC) to simultaneously control vehicle (speed profiles, engine, battery management if electric vehicles are concerned) and signal timing to address the safety, mobility, and energy consumption issues. The proposed research aims to investigate the key issues for iVTC, which will lay the foundation for real world implementation of iVTC in the future.