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TO-14022: Speed Harmonization Fundamental Research

Project Information

Project ID: 
FHWA-PROJ-13-0100
Project Status: 
Proposed
Start Date: 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
End Date: 
Wednesday, September 30, 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
FHWA Discipline: 
Operations
TRB Subject Area: 
Vehicles and Equipment, Research, Operations and Traffic Management

Contact Information

First Name: 
HRDO
Telephone: 
(202) 493-3045
Email Address: 

Project Details

Project Description: 

This proposed project will take the next evolutionary step by using the full research vehicle fleet of five vehicles equipped with the added Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) functionality, in live traffic, to test existing and new algorithms. The current project has built, on a small scale, the framework to begin an exploration of the technical needs and mobility effect/benefits in the real world. This proposed project will expand the understanding of the real world performance and capabilities. The strategic role of this project is to advance the speed harmonization application on the automation roadmap. The goal of this project is to further the study of speed harmonization through longitudinal control using automation.

Goals:

  • Speed harmonization can provide smooth operation of the traffic stream, which reduces bottlenecks, increases reliability, environmental benefits, improves safety, and provides additional comfort and convenience.
  • Infrastructure can provide speed recommendations to individual vehicles on the corridor in order to optimize the network performance. This may be done as a speed advisory or in an automation framework where the optimal recommendations are placed directly into the vehicle control systems without driver interaction.

Deliverables

Deliverable Name: 
Task 9: 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 plan for the algorithms, as well as contribute to development of a future Concept of Operations for Speed Harmonization as a traffic control tool based on automated longitudinal control.
Deliverable Name: 
Task 2: Literature Review
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
Report
Deliverable Name: 
Task 3: Work Plan and Concept Development
Deliverable Type: 
Data
Deliverable Description: 
Detailed work plan.
Deliverable Name: 
Task 4: Identify Sites for Future Experiments
Deliverable Type: 
Techbrief
Deliverable Description: 
This task shall identify promising sites, enumerate them, and rank order the sites to be used and the concepts to be tested at each site.
Deliverable Name: 
Task 6: Software implementation on Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) vehicle platform
Deliverable Type: 
Technical report
Deliverable Description: 
The concepts and algorithms developed in Task 3 and Task 5 will be realized for testing by implementing them in vehicle control software suitable for operation on the Saxton Laboratory vehicle platforms, as well as server software in the Saxton Laboratory
Deliverable Name: 
Task 7: Basic testing at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
Once control algorithms, both infrastructure and vehicular, have been implemented they will be tested on the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) campus for basic functionality. This functionality shall include vehicle control, data communicati
Deliverable Name: 
Task 8: 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