The Smartest Project Summary

Objectives of the research

This project directly addresses task 7.3/17 in the second call for proposals in the Transport RTD, Road Transport Traffic, Transport and Information Management area:

Development of modelling and simulation tools to deal directly with road capacity and specific traffic management problems, such as congestion, shock-waves caused by traffic disruption, harmful emissions etc.

The project will be directed towards modelling and simulation of dynamic traffic management problems caused by incidents, heavy traffic, accidents, road works, and events. It will cover incident management, intersection control, motorway flow control, dynamic route guidance and regional traffic information.

The project's objectives are to:

A review of existing models and simulation tools will be performed to find problem areas that need to be modelled when developing solutions to short-term traffic management problems.

Generic models and procedures will then be developed and specified to fill the most important gaps. The new models and procedures will be developed using existing data sets with any data gaps being filled using data collected from sites in Barcelona, Toulouse, Stockholm, Turin and Florence. Existing micro-simulation models will then be enhanced to include the new models. Comparisons will be made between the new model outputs and the data collected. A dissemination workshop and World Wide Web pages will be produced to allow easy access to the results.

The main outputs of the project will be an enhanced set of micro-simulation tools for helping network managers solve their short term traffic management problems and a best practice manual detailing guidelines and procedures for their selection and use.

Links with other projects, tasks, areas, programmes, policy actions

The SMARTEST project is collaborating with the HIPERTRANS project in tackling the problems of Task 7.3 /17.

Main expected deliverables

Deadlines for deliverables

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