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Lane-free microscopic simulation for connected and automated vehicles

Troullinos Dimitrios, Chalkiadakis Georgios, Manolis Diamantis, Papamichail Ioannis, Papageorgiou Markos

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Year 2021
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Bibliographic Citation D. Troullinos, G. Chalkiadakis, D. Manolis, I. Papamichail and M. Papageorgiou, "Lane- free microscopic simulation for connected and automated vehicles," in 24th IEEE International Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC 2021), 2021, pp. 3292-3299, doi: 10.1109/ITSC48978.2021.9564637.
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This paper presents the ongoing development of the microscopic TrafficFluid-Sim simulator, aimed primarily for Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) under a novel lane-free traffic paradigm. In particular, TrafficFluid-Sim builds on the SUMO simulation infrastructure to model traffic environments featuring two novel vehicle characteristics: (i) Vehicles can be located at any arbitrary lateral position within the road boundaries; and (ii) Vehicles may exert, based on their automated driving and connectivity capabilities, “vehicle nudging” to other surrounding vehicles. As such, TrafficFluid-Sim enables simulation of novel CAV movement strategies for various types of road infrastructure and is an indispensable tool for the design, testing and evaluation of the characteristics of a future CAV traffic flow as an efficient artificial fluid, as envisaged by the ongoing TrafficFluid ERC project.

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