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Pedro Fernandes

Researcher on Intelligent Transportation Systems University of Coimbra, Portugal

2012 INNOMOBILITY CONFERENCE, GREENVILLE, SC, NOVEMBER 7-8TH

Today

Each traffic lane capacity is about 2200 vehicles per hour New road infrastructure is costly Road infrastructure may be inefficiently used Transit systems throughput is usually low

Transport mode choices may not be enough


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Goals

Traffic flow improvement Safety operation

Communications reliability
Traffic congestion avoidance

Energy efficiency
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Challenges

Constant and short intervehicle spacing potentiates traffic flow improvement, but:
Human drivers are not able to cope with it

Cruise control systems increase spacing when

speed increases (constant time headway)


Autonomous vehicles without intervehicle

communications are also unable to keep constant intervehicle spacing


PRT systems use constant time headway, leading

to low system capacity, which has accounted for several project rejections from US city councils

Solutions

Intervehicle communications are of key importance Mitigation of communication delays enables intervehicle stability, improving safety Cooperative behavior among vehicles avoids traffic congestion, with energy efficiency benefits

Constant intervehicle spacing enables a significant traffic flow improvement


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Intervehicle Communications
The worldwide standards of intervehicle communications are Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) Standards have been defined by major players: e.g., IEEE, SAE, ETSI, CEN, ISO. DSRC are of most importance to improve mobility and safety However, DSRC present some reliability issues under very high density scenarios of communicant vehicles

More Solutions

Reliable intervehicle communications using several communication technologies, ensuring redundancy and resilience

DSRC may be complemented by other communication technologies, ensuring safe system operation under high demanding scenarios

Prospective Customers

Automakers envisioning cooperative connected vehicles (e.g., CACC) Transit systems pursuing traffic flow improvement (e.g., PRT aiming at system capacity improvement) City councils willing to adopt efficient and innovative transit systems, contributing to a more sustainable and safe mobility
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I am looking for entrepreneurships


Automakers University research centers City councils Networking products Communications operators Computing technology PRT systems

Contacts
Pedro Fernandes
Web: sites.google.com/site/pedrosfernandes

LinkedIn: pt.linkedin.com/in/pedrosfernandes/en
E-mail: pedrosfernandes@gmail.com Skype: pedrosfernandes Mobile: +351 968 279 432
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