Consortium Meeting (Leuven, Belgium)

On Tuesday 5 – Wednesday 6 February, we held a Consortium Meeting at TML in Leuven, Belgium. We discussed about traffic management schemes, simulating enhanced traffic management measures with V2X communications using the iTETRIS+SUMO+ns-3 integrated simulation platform, setting up the real-world vehicle trials, and much more!

Deliverable D4.2 released (results of traffic management simulations)

Great news! After months of work, we have released Deliverable D4.2, titled “Preliminary simulation and assessment of enhanced traffic management measures“. In it, we elaborate on the five previously selected use cases with respect to traffic management of automated driving at Transition Areas. The traffic management procedures developed in Task 4.1 were implemented within the SUMO simulation environment. The results of simulations were assessed by the safety, efficiency, and environmental indicators implemented in WP3. Based on these assessments, the traffic management services were analysed with respect to their performances at Transition Areas. You can read all about it in our Deliverables section.

TransAID presented at the 5th SIP-adus Workshop

TransAID was presented in the context of traffic management and intelligent infrastructure for connected and automated driving at the 5th SIP-adus workshop in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Jaap Vreeswijk from MAPtm talked about how the use of vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, infrastructure services may complement vehicle capabilities at the boundaries of their operational design domain (ODD), and thereby prevent Transitions of Control and Minimum Risk Manoeuvres, or mitigate their negative effects on traffic safety and traffic flow.

Publication of D6.1 (An Integrated Platform for the Simulation and Assessment of Traffic Management Procedures in Transition Areas)

The TransAID project is preparing itself to incorporate traffic management measures into its simulations, taking into account realistic V2X communication processes. To this end, it uses the  iTETRIS software framework to conduct simulations of traffic management procedures involving the coupling (via the middelware iCS) between a traffic simulator (SUMO) modified for (C)Avs and a communication simulator (ns-3), which all are open-source programs. Deliverable D6.1 gives a detailed description of the available software platforms, and the reasons for choosing the iTETRIS framework. In addition, it provides more information on how to setup the entire integrated platform, as well as extending the application modules to implement traffic management measures. Finally, the deliverable outlines the tools to assess the simulation results by statistical and visual analysis.

MAVEN-POLIS Stakeholder Consultation (London, UK)

In collaboration with POLIS, and the Horizon 2020 projects MAVEN and CoEXist, TransAID attended the stakeholder consultation workshop on Wednesday 24 October, in Greenwich (London), UK. Discussions during the day centred around automated vehicles and urban traffic management, and breakout sessions on strategic planning for CAVs, the role of the traffic manager in the evolving transport system, and the needs of cities and regions for ITS technologies and strategies.

MAVEN Expert Meeting (London, UK)

On Tuesday 23 October, TransAID participated in the H2020 MAVEN Expert Meeting in Greenwich (London), UK. Topics that we conversed about are validation and impact assessment, and traffic management of CAVs both on motorways and in an urban context.

Consortium Meeting (Amersfoort, The Netherlands)

On Tuesday 9 – Wednesday 10 October, we held a Consortium Meeting at Dynniq in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. Discussions centred around traffic management, V2X communications, dealing with adaptive cruise control, using the iTETRIS+SUMO+NS-3 integrated simulation platform, setting up feasibility test with real vehicles, and much more. Stay tuned for more updates!

Publication of D4.1 (Overview of Existing and Enhanced Traffic Management Procedures)

We are happy to announce that Deliverable D4.1 (Overview of Existing and Enhanced Traffic Management Procedures) is available for download in the Deliverables section!

Deliverable D4.1 describes the creation of the next generation of traffic management procedures and protocols that address the presence of autonomous vehicles, as to be deployed in TransAID. We highlight the state-of-the-art of traffic management procedures, focusing on general approaches, the coordination of CAVs, and the impact of machine learning techniques and artificial intelligence. We then outline TransAID’s traffic management framework, positioning ourselves as an intermediary service provider. This encompasses high- and low-level traffic management operations, as well as raising some concerns on the compliance of automated vehicles to traffic laws. Next, the bulk of the report discusses in detail the five selected services and use cases, each time highlighting when, where, and how traffic measures should be applied. In conclusion, we give some further approaches to integrated traffic management, and sketch several general communications requirements for traffic management systems, focusing on the types of messages to be transceived.