M.A. Khan, D. Turgut, and L. Bölöni

A study of collaborative influence mechanisms for highway convoy driving


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M.A. Khan, D. Turgut, and L. Bölöni. A study of collaborative influence mechanisms for highway convoy driving. In Proceedings of International Workshop on Agents in Traffic and Transportation (ATT08), in conjunction with the Seventh Joint Conference on Autonomous and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2008), pp. 46–53, May 2008.

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Abstract:

Convoy driving on highways is a desirable behavior which reduces the risk of highway accidents and makes traffic faster and more fluent. Recent technologies, such as intelligent cruise control devices explicitly facilitate convoy driving by providing a fully automated means for following the previous vehicle. Participating in a convoy, however, requires compromises from the vehicles, such as slowing down to the speed of the lead vehicle; thus many drivers choose not to join any convoy. Collaborative convoy driving systems, based on vehicle-to-vehicle communication, promise to deliver means for the vehicles to influence the speed of the convoy, thus improving its utility. We discuss the mechanisms of convoy participation, including the decision to join and leave the convoy, and the mechanisms through which the vehicles can influence the convoy speed. In an experimental study, we compare three influence mechanisms: the ``adapt speed to the leader'' mechanism used by human drivers and intelligent cruise control systems and two collaborative influence mechanisms which require vehicle to vehicle communication. We show that the collaborative cruise control methods deliver better macroscopic performance measures: more vehicles participating in convoys, higher average speed and lower number of overtakings.

BibTeX:

@inproceedings{Khan-2008-ATT,
    author = "M.A. Khan and D. Turgut and L. B{\"o}l{\"o}ni",
    title = "A study of collaborative influence mechanisms for highway convoy 
    driving",
    booktitle = "Proceedings of International Workshop on Agents in Traffic 
    and Transportation (ATT08), in conjunction with the Seventh Joint Conference 
    on Autonomous and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2008)",
    pages = "46-53",
    month = "May",
    year = "2008",
    abstract = {
       Convoy driving on highways is a desirable behavior which reduces the risk
       of highway accidents and makes traffic faster and more fluent. Recent
       technologies, such as intelligent cruise control devices explicitly
       facilitate convoy driving by providing a fully automated means for
       following the previous vehicle. Participating in a convoy, however,
       requires compromises from the vehicles, such as slowing down to the speed
       of the lead vehicle; thus many drivers choose not to join any convoy.
       Collaborative convoy driving systems, based on vehicle-to-vehicle
       communication, promise to deliver means for the vehicles to influence the
       speed of the convoy, thus improving its utility. We discuss the
       mechanisms of convoy participation, including the decision to join and
       leave the convoy, and the mechanisms through which the vehicles can
       influence the convoy speed. In an experimental study, we compare three
       influence mechanisms: the ``adapt speed to the leader'' mechanism used by
       human drivers and intelligent cruise control systems and two
       collaborative influence mechanisms which require vehicle to vehicle
       communication. We show that the collaborative cruise control methods
       deliver better macroscopic performance measures: more vehicles
       participating in convoys, higher average speed and lower number of
       overtakings.
    },
} 

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