TRAFFIC SIMULATION FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Human controlled transport (cars and bikes) and autonomous vehicles will have to co-exist for a long time, but it is interesting to explore the consequences for the road system of a fully or largely autonomous vehicle population.  For example, how much road space is required and what sort of external coordination mechanisms (traffic lights, roundabouts, pedestrian crossing controls, one-way streets) are necessary, if any, and what are the implications for road maintenance and car parks (we’ll need some as holding pens for vehicles not in use – or is on street parking, for proximity to point of use, preferable?)… amongst other things.  How many vehicles are needed for a given density of population, a particular road network and a specified quality of service?  The simulation should build on the SUMO framework, augmented with intelligent agent drivers (probably implemented using the Jason platform).

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