Congestion Reduction via Personalized Incentives

The purpose of this research is to develop real-time algorithms to reduce traffic congestion and improve routing efficiency via offering personalized incentives to drivers. The incentives and alternative routes should be chosen smartly in order to maximize the probability of acceptance by the driver and to avoid the creation of new congestion in other areas of the network. To this end, the research team proposes to exploit the wide accessibility of smart communication devices and develop a real-time look-ahead incentive-offering mechanism using individuals’ routing and aggregate traffic information. The proposed approach relies on historical data and state-of-the-art traffic prediction methodologies to continually predict congestion and traffic flow of the network. Using this prediction and based on individual preferences, the central controller offers personalized incentives to drivers with the goal of reducing the probability of congestion. The decisions about incentives are made via solving a series of carefully designed large scale stochastic optimization problems. The performance of the proposed algorithms will be evaluated using data from the Los Angeles area.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $104,999.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Caltrans 65A0686 Task Order 043

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
  • Managing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    METRANS Transportation Center

    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626
  • Project Managers:

    Iacobucci, Lauren

  • Performing Organizations:

    METRANS Transportation Center

    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Razaviyayn, Meisam

    Giuliano, Genevieve

    Dessouky, Maged

  • Start Date: 20200101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20201231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01717769
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: Caltrans 65A0686 Task Order 043
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 20 2019 3:29PM