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TO-14020: Lane Change/Merge Fundamental Research: Phase 1

Project Information

Project ID: 
FHWA-PROJ-13-0099
Project Status: 
Programmed
Start Date: 
Monday, July 1, 2013
End Date: 
Thursday, October 1, 2015
FHWA Program: 
Operations
FHWA Topics: 
Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms: 
Cruise Control; Instrumented Vehicles; Vehicle to Vehicle Communications; Operations; Research; Vehicle Performance; Vehicles; Vehicle to Infrastructure Communications
FHWA Discipline: 
Operations
TRB Subject Area: 
Vehicles and Equipment, Research, Operations and Traffic Management, Data and Information Technology

Contact Information

First Name: 
Daniel
Last Name: 
Dailey
Telephone: 
(202) 493-3395

Project Details

Project Description: 

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is developing concepts for using automated longitudinal control in several projects that explore the potential to improve mobility and safety. But while most research has explored automated longitudinal control in simple highway driving scenarios only, deployment will necessarily require that other traffic movements, such as lane changes, weaves, merges, and demerges, will be enabled. In addition, new operational concepts and technologies, e.g. driver lateral control while longitudinal control is automated, are necessary in order for mobility and safety benefits to be realized. The purpose of this project is to initiate foundational experimental research, based upon enabling technologies for automated operation and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, in the area of Lane Change and Merging.

Goals:

The objective of this project is to obtain a basic experimental understanding of the needs and methodologies for performing two merge and weave lateral maneuver types in f research vehicles.

Deliverables

Deliverable Name: 
Task 8: Final Report
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
Produce a report that will include the literature review, document the concepts and development process, describe the algorithm development and testing, describe the evaluation and down select, document simulation efforts, document the experiments and the outcome of hypothesis testing as well as contribute to development of a future Concept of Operations for Lateral Control as a complement to automated longitudinal control.
Deliverable Name: 
Task 2: Literature Review
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
Report
Deliverable Name: 
Task 3: Concept development
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
Detail concept development
Deliverable Name: 
Task 4: Algorithm development and testing
Deliverable Type: 
Software/App
Deliverable Description: 
Using the concepts identified in Task 3 and the literature from Task 2, develop/select algorithm(s) for experimentation. A subset of this task requires the vehicles that are collaboratively operating in a platoon need to know the relative position of the
Deliverable Name: 
Task 5: Algorithm Implementation on two vehicles at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
Starting with two vehicles supplied by the Government, modify vehicles to have necessary capabilities to implement the algorithms identified for testing.
Deliverable Name: 
Task 6: Basic Testing at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
The contractor shall demonstrate the functionality at low speed on the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) campus.
Deliverable Name: 
Task 7: Outreach
Deliverable Type: 
Data
Deliverable Description: 
The contractor shall create materials and a video based on the functionality at low speed on the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) campus.