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
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
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.
- review existing micro-simulation models, so that gaps can be identified. It will build on the APAS report and other reviews such as the PROGEN report from PROMETHEUS. A State-of-the-Art review report will be produced.
- investigate how the existing models can best be enhanced to fill the
identified gaps, thus advancing the State-of-the-Art. Prime objectives
of these enhancements will be to ensure that they are transferable across
Europe and that they are based on sound statistical analysis.
- incorporate the findings of the study into a best practice manual for
the use of micro-simulation in modelling road transport and to
disseminate these findings widely throughout Europe.
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
- A review of micro-simulation models, describing the current State-of-the-Art
and identifying gaps.
- A simulation report, describing the results of the attempts to fill the
- A Best Practice Manual for the use and selection of micro-simulation
Deadlines for deliverables
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