Infrastructure-to-vehicle Communications for Autonomous Vehicle Systems

Research Lead: Izhak Rubin

University: UCLA

Problem Statement: Researchers have been developing innovative methods for integrated traffic management and communications networking systems for autonomous transportation systems. These models provide for optimal on-ramp merging and adaptive formation of vehicular flows across highway lanes, with the goal of achieving high vehicular flow rates while reducing queueing delays. To effectively control vehicular flows and formations across the highway, researchers have developed new data communications protocols and algorithms.

Project Description: The research team proposes to translate its models and techniques to the design of autonomous transportation systems when aided by interconnected roadside unit (RSU) stations that form a backbone network infrastructure. The research team’s methods will be used to determine the best configuration of joint traffic management and data networking mechanisms, described by the locations and interconnection features of the RSU stations and the backbone network infrastructure that they form

Status: Completed

Budget: $25,000

Project Partner(s): California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Office of Intelligent Transportation Systems