The objective of this project is to recommend infrastructure design and demonstrate, by means of microscopic traffic simulation, the Concept of Operations (ConOps) of automated truck lanes in future highways in urban areas. The testbed for this project is a 55-mile section of the I-10 Freeway with the Texas Department of Transportation El Paso District. Based on the results of the ConOps, a preliminary economic impact study will be conducted to assess the potential impacts of bringing autonomous freight vehicles to the region.
This is the first year of a multi-year project. The ultimate goal of this research is to recommend vehicle management, infrastructure design and policy guidelines for state and local agencies in preparation of the transition from the existing vehicle-infrastructure system to one that accommodates fully automated trucks.
The primary deliverables for this project are:
- Five task reports detailing project progress
- A final report
- Videos of traffic simulations, which will be made available online for public viewing
|Principal Investigator||Kelvin Cheu, University of Texas at El Paso|
|Funding Source||C2SMART Center|
|Total Project Cost||$135,000|
|USDOT Award #||69A3551747124|
|Start and End Dates||03/01/2018-05/31/2019|
|Implementation of Research Outcomes||This is the first year of the multi-year project. The ultimate goal of this research is to recommend vehicle management, infrastructure design and policy guidelines for state and local agencies in preparation for the transition from the existing vehicle-infrastructure system to one that accommodates fully automated trucks, while focusing on maximizing the positive impacts on the regional stakeholders including the City of El Paso, El Paso County, and the El Paso MPO. The products of the first year may be considered as guidelines for engineers and policymakers when planning and designing infrastructure that will in the near future have to set aside an autonomous truck lane.|
|Impacts/Benefits of Implementation||Potential impacts/benefits of implementation include:
– Optimum utilization of existing right-of-way.
– Savings in future construction cost.
– Moving freight faster and safer.