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Signal Phase and Timing (SPAT) with an Intersection Collision Model (101-FH3) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1

Project Information

Project ID: 
FHWA-PROJ-10-0016
Project Status: 
Completed
Start Date: 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
End Date: 
Friday, September 10, 2010
FHWA Program: 
Small Business Innovation Research
FHWA Topics: 
Road Operations and Congestion--Congestion Mitigation
TRT Terms: 
Traffic Signal Phases; Operations; Research; Collisions; Intersections; Dilemma Zone; Highway Traffic Control; Traffic Signal Timing
FHWA Discipline: 
Operations, Safety
TRB Subject Area: 
Operations and Traffic Management, Research, Safety and Human Factors

Contact Information

First Name: 
Deborah
Last Name: 
Curtis
Telephone: 
(202) 493-3267
Email Address: 
Team: 
Transportation Enabling Technologies Team
Office:
Office of Operations Research and Development
Office Code: 
HRDO-10

Project Details

Project Description: 

Harmonia has developed an index of Traffic EXperimental Analytical Simulation (TEXAS) documentation, documented global variables and subroutines in Simulated Processing (SIMPRO), and added newly developed subroutines into the TEXAS documentation database. Harmonia has developed the Enhanced Traffic EXperimental Analytical Simulation (eTEXAS), a Java Application Programming Interface for the TEXAS Model. We have set up SIMPRO for compilation using free and open source software and modified the TEXAS source code to accomplish the central step of reorganizing TEXAS as a simulation library for programmatic invocation by the Connected Vehicle program or other applications. We have also implemented Java interfaces to the simulation for portability for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2735 messages, Variable Message Signs messages, Signal Controller Messaging System (SCMS) messages, and obtaining vehicle updates. In addition, we have developed a graphical user interface for Delta Time (DT) simulation and a simplified Java version of Bonneson's dilemma zone Control Systems (D-CS) algorithm for validation of eTEXAS. Harmonia has also created a project Web site to host the free and open source eTEXAS project, which includes source code, documentation materials, and developer community facilities.

Project Findings: 

The tentative answer is that signal phase and timing (SPAT) can be simulated with an intersection collision model, and that the combined model might be useful for safety and operations research.

Deliverables

Deliverable Name: 
Enhanced Traffic EXperimental Analytical Simulation (eTEXAS) Simulation Model
Deliverable Type: 
Software/App
Deliverable Description: 
Signal phase and timing (SPAT) simulation model