Platooning on a string of intersections

A functional combination of platooning and traffic-adaptive intersection control

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Congestion and emissions have lately been termed as one of the major challenges for the urban traffic network through various governmental bodies. In this work, a potential solution to this, namely a functional combination between platooning and traffic- adaptive intersection control is first developed and then evaluated. The evaluation is concerned with the expected congestion and emission savings on a 6-km- long provincial road over a period of 60 minutes. For the purpose of evaluation a VISSIM simulation is em- ployed, calibrated and executed. The simulation results show that the proposed combination of platooning and JUNO, a traffic-adaptive intersection controller, allows for emission savings of 7.85 g/km and an increase in average velocity of 1.04 km/h when compared to conventional cars and model-predictive control. The work is embedded in a high-level context and concluded with a policy-development framework that can help to promote the proposed technical design.