Impact Assessments of Automated Truck Platooning on Highway Traffic Flow and Adjacent Drivers

Project: Research project

Project Details


The primary goal of this research is to examine the effectiveness of automated truck platooning (ATP) implementation on a major interstate highway carrying freight traffic under various traffic conditions, given managed strategies. The managed lane strategies for ATP would include: (1) ATP-dedicated lane on the left-most lane, (2) ATP-dedicated lane on the right-most lane, (3) ATP-General Purpose Vehicles (GPV) shared lane on the left-most lane; and (4) No dedicated/shared lanes (i.e., free lane selection). Using VISSIM-based traffic simulation modeling approach, the impacts of ATP on traffic flow under the three-lane use strategies are assessed by capturing mobility, safety, and environmental performance measures depending on different Market Penetration Rates (MPRs) of ATP fleets. In addition, scenario-driven investigations will be performed to capture the drivers' safety awareness, given ATP on a highway, by using a high-fidelity driving simulator. Taking into considerations heavy truck traffics generated by Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, New Jersey would be the most desirable state in the U.S where the ATP technology can produce tangible benefits when implemented.

Effective start/end date4/1/185/31/19


  • U.S. Department of Transportation: $186,960.00


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