Framework for Accommodating Emerging Autonomous Vehicles

Description: The emergence of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and their potential for transforming freight transportation is the motivation for this project. CAVs will enable autos and trucks to “platoon,” traveling closely together on highways in order to maximize travel speed, reduce fuel consumption, and reduce congestion by cutting down on the road space each vehicle occupies. However, while research into platooning has been ongoing for several decades, most of the work has focused on the control of vehicles already in a platoon. In addition, the majority of the research has addressed single platoons or individual vehicles in a platoon. The coordination and optimization of platoons over a large-scale, real-world road network has largely been neglected. One of the reasons for this gap is the lack of a central place to find current location and eventual destination information for vehicles in a platoon, or those that may join one. Another problem is the lack of a global coordinator with the authority to suggest routes to individual vehicles in ways that will provide them with platooning opportunities. This study aims to fill these gaps in the research literature. Intellectual Merit: The work will advance knowledge through the development of: 1) novel mathematical models and agent-based simulations to represent the flow of CAVs that may take part in platoons in a transportation network, and 2) innovative solution algorithms to solve these large-scale optimization problems. Broader Impacts: The findings will be of use for developing policies to reduce traffic congestion and fuel consumption, and improve safety and travel time reliability, in a world of CAVs. Technology Transfer Plan: The research team will coordinate efforts to disseminate its results with South Carolina Logistics. It will organize research seminars as part of the ongoing seminar series at Clemson’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). It will also conduct programs to train and educate underrepresented students, and organize workshops for teachers.

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $205163
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility

      Clemson University
      Clemson, SC  United States  29634

      Clemson University

      110 Lowry Hall
      Box 340911
      Clemson, SC  United States  29634-0911

      Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research

      5 Research Drive
      Greenville, South Carolina  United States  29607

      Benedict College

      1600 Harden Street
      Columbia, South Carolina  United States  29204

      University of South Carolina, Columbia

      502 Byrnes Building
      Columbia, SC  United States  29208
    • Managing Organizations:

      Clemson University

      110 Lowry Hall
      Box 340911
      Clemson, SC  United States  29634-0911
    • Project Managers:

      Eksioglu, Burak

    • Performing Organizations:

      Clemson University

      110 Lowry Hall
      Box 340911
      Clemson, SC  United States  29634-0911

      Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research

      5 Research Drive
      Greenville, South Carolina  United States  29607

      Benedict College

      1600 Harden Street
      Columbia, South Carolina  United States  29204

      University of South Carolina, Columbia

      502 Byrnes Building
      Columbia, SC  United States  29208
    • Principal Investigators:

      Eksioglu, Burak

      Comert, Gurcan

      Huynh, Nathan

    • Start Date: 20181201
    • Expected Completion Date: 20191231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01690749
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Jan 11 2019 2:16PM