Assessment of Operational Advantages of Intelligent Signals in Congested Conditions
Ghassan Abu-Lebdeh, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Sample result: increase in system productivity (as measured by vehicle-miles) due to intelligent signals.
Intelligent traffic signals are signals that use real-time traffic data to design optimal control. In congested conditions, effective control becomes very critical because of the serious consequences of grid-lock and traffic back-ups. This research used a simulation approach to evaluate the likely benefits if we are to use intelligent signals. Optimal control plans were generated using genetic algorithms. Depending on the specific traffic conditions and network topology, improvements of up to 25% are likely.
Abu-Lebdeh, G. and Ahmed, K. (2002): Assessment of operational advantages of intelligent traffic control in congested conditions. Presented at the 9th ITS World Congress, Chicago, October 2002.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226