Autonomous vehicles as local traffic optimizers

Ashna Bhatia, Jordan Ivanchev, David Eckhoff, Alois Knoll

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This paper explores the interaction between autonomous and human-driven cars on a microscopic level using an agent-based traffic simulator. More specifically, it deals with the design of driving logic models of “socially-aware” autonomous vehicles that can improve the performance of surrounding vehicles on the road. Congestion waves, which are created as a result of an abrupt stopping or a car joining a highway, are a known phenomenon in current traffic systems. Experiments performed, demonstrate how the presence of intelligent social vehicles on the road can reduce such effects by acting as a flexible medium between human-driven cars. Metrics to evaluate benefits ot our AV behaviour models under various states of traffic conditions/congestion are also proposed. Finally, results showing the effectiveness of these models are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Science – ICCS 2020 - 20th International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsValeria V. Krzhizhanovskaya, Gábor Závodszky, Michael H. Lees, Peter M.A. Sloot, Peter M.A. Sloot, Peter M.A. Sloot, Jack J. Dongarra, Sérgio Brissos, João Teixeira
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783030503703
StatePublished - 2020
Event20th International Conference on Computational Science, ICCS 2020 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 Jun 20205 Jun 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12137 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference20th International Conference on Computational Science, ICCS 2020


  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Driver models
  • Mixed traffic agent-based simulation


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