Paper on automated driving in mixed traffic wins a prize!
On Friday December 16th, 2016, Simeon Calvert presented the paper “Considering knowledge gaps for automated driving in conventional traffic” during the Fourth International Conference on Advances in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering - ACSEE 2016 in Rome, Italy. The paper describes which problems can occur if more or less automated vehicles will participate in traffic and which research is still needed to tackle these problems. The work in the paper was initiated by TrafficQuest and the paper is also co-authored by TrafficQuest. The research discussed was highly valued by the conference participants and the paper was awarded the best paper!
Since 2009 TrafficQuest has been developing, bundling , applying and disseminating knowledge on traffic management and traffic information. For more than 7 years the partners in TrafficQuest (Rijkswaterstaat, TNO and Delft University of Technology) have been covering the whole spectrum from fundamental, theoretical knowledge on traffic management to operational knowledge on the application and effectiveness of traffic management in practice. But now this will come to an end.
Evaluation of C-ITS and Automated Driving
For the Round Table 'Effects' (organised by DITCM and Connecting Mobility) TrafficQuest has contributed to a new way of looking at the evaluation of C-ITS and Automated Driving. It is a cyclic view on evaluation that has the advantage that not only the impacts of different systems and services are determined, but that these results are also put into perspective. This can be done using the results of other experiments or of experiments under different circumstances (meta-analysis), but also by relating the results to policy goals and drawing generic conclusions about the impact on a national level or with different penetration rates (scaling). Eventually, these steps lead to new questions and hypotheses, which can be tested in new experiments. An extensive description of the evaluation circle is given in a report 'Evaluation of C-ITS and Automated Driving'.
C-ITS and traffic safety
Several cooperative ITS services (C-ITS) are currently being tested in the Netherlands. With these in-car systems and services road users are informed, warned for certain situations on the road and advised to change their driving behaviour. It is expected that a lot of these services will be implemented in the coming years, not only on the motorway network but also in cities. Due to the experimental character of these services and their number and diversity, it is difficult to draw general conclusions about the (potential) effects. A lot about the impacts is still unclear. Rijkwaterstaat has asked TrafficQuest to do a quick scan on the effects of C-ITS, especially on road safety. The available literature was read and analysed and the numbers that were mentioned in these studies were summarised. The results of this quick scan are described in this memo (in Dutch).