Traffic problems possible solution

Carlos Gershenson (carlos@jlagunez.iquimica.unam.mx)
Wed, 21 Oct 1998 11:32:26 +0200 (MET DST)

Prof. Zadeh wrote:

Turning to the automation of driving, let us consider a range
of problems such as: (1) freeway driving with no traffic; (2) freeway
driving with light traffic; (3) freeway driving with moderate traffic;
(4) freeway driving with heavy traffic; (5) city driving in Helsinki;
(6) city driving in London; (7) city driving in Rome; (8) city driving
in Istanbul.

We know that automation of (1) is achievable. Beyond (1), (2)
might be possible, with some qualifications. (3) is not possible
today but might be in the future. Beyond (3), the problems are
intractable, with no solution in sight. Would anybody claim that the
problem of automation of driving in Istanbul can be solved today or in
foreseeable future?

I could say that it could be solved in the foreseeable future.

I did a simulation of automated traffic control with agents, CRASH (Car
and Road Automated Simulation in Hyperways).

Agents behave pretty well in the simulation. The good thing is that it is
designed with no traffic lights. Agents in cars can sense each other, and
agents at the crosses predict at what time and what area will the cars
occupy. If they are already occupied by other car, it decreases the car's
acceleration, until it can find free space to cross the cross.

This is just a idea to try to solve the traffic problem in large cities
with not much freeways (like Mexico). It doesen't include buses, walkers,
bikes, etc. , but I think it's a very good starting point.

For more information, or to dowload the simulation, please visit

http://132.248.11.4/~carlos/crash

"About a fact there are as many different truths
as there are different sets in the universe...
and lies, much more."

Carlos Gershenson
http://132.248.11.4/~carlos/

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