Online Anticipatory Network Management

The dynamic steering of route choice behaviour with traffic control and traffic information

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Abstract

In order to improve the usage efficiency of the road network, this research investigates and proposes an approach for a traffic management solution called Online Anticipatory Network Management. The proposed traffic management solution aims to redistribute traffic flows and to increase network performance by determining and applying traffic control settings that optimally affect travel times, route choices and thus network distribution, while informing drivers about the modified travel times and anticipating their reaction. This research investigate the concept of this approach and its feasibility, by analysing the environment and its components and methodology. Hereafter the framework matching the approach is applied on theoretical networks to validate and improve it. Finally, points of further research are discussed and a structure for a possible implementation is envisioned.