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30 cars, figure of 8, 1 show: large scale proving ground experiments to investigate junction control

30 cars, figure of 8, 1 show: large scale proving ground experiments to investigate junction control
30 cars, figure of 8, 1 show: large scale proving ground experiments to investigate junction control
An experiment was conducted using the InnovITS proving ground in Nuneaton. Thirty cars with volunteer drivers were asked to drive around a tight closed road circuit causing them to pass repeatedly through a cross-roads junction from all directions. The junction was signalized. In different test-runs of the experiment the traffic lights were controlled by either an automated system or by a human using remote control. All vehicles in the test were instrumented using GPS and bluetooth. Video footage from two cameras was also recorded.

The goal of the experiment was to collect data to validate the results of earlier work carried out in computer simulation. This earlier work indicated that human controllers could outperform commonly used automated systems. This paper examines some of the issues that arise when trying to simulate an urban road junction in this manner. For example results are presented indicating differences in network performance depending on whether the drivers were instructed to follow a fixed route or a random route of their choice. Thus providing some guidance for maximising the fidelity of this type of simulation in the future.

The paper also presents a detailed analysis of the sensor data and video footage to measure the performance of the junction under the different modes of control. The results support the conclusion that humans can be effective junction controllers.
Box, S.
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Lees-Miller, J.
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Snowdon, J.
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Hammond, J.
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Hamilton, A.
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Gupta, S.
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Wilson, R.E.
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Waterson, B.
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Box, S., Lees-Miller, J., Snowdon, J., Hammond, J., Hamilton, A., Gupta, S., Wilson, R.E. and Waterson, B. (2013) 30 cars, figure of 8, 1 show: large scale proving ground experiments to investigate junction control At 45th Annual Conference of the Universities’ Transport Study Group, United Kingdom. 02 - 04 Jan 2013.

Box, S., Lees-Miller, J., Snowdon, J., Hammond, J., Hamilton, A., Gupta, S., Wilson, R.E. and Waterson, B. (2013) 30 cars, figure of 8, 1 show: large scale proving ground experiments to investigate junction control At 45th Annual Conference of the Universities’ Transport Study Group, United Kingdom. 02 - 04 Jan 2013.

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An experiment was conducted using the InnovITS proving ground in Nuneaton. Thirty cars with volunteer drivers were asked to drive around a tight closed road circuit causing them to pass repeatedly through a cross-roads junction from all directions. The junction was signalized. In different test-runs of the experiment the traffic lights were controlled by either an automated system or by a human using remote control. All vehicles in the test were instrumented using GPS and bluetooth. Video footage from two cameras was also recorded.

The goal of the experiment was to collect data to validate the results of earlier work carried out in computer simulation. This earlier work indicated that human controllers could outperform commonly used automated systems. This paper examines some of the issues that arise when trying to simulate an urban road junction in this manner. For example results are presented indicating differences in network performance depending on whether the drivers were instructed to follow a fixed route or a random route of their choice. Thus providing some guidance for maximising the fidelity of this type of simulation in the future.

The paper also presents a detailed analysis of the sensor data and video footage to measure the performance of the junction under the different modes of control. The results support the conclusion that humans can be effective junction controllers.

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Published date: 3 January 2013
Venue - Dates: 45th Annual Conference of the Universities’ Transport Study Group, United Kingdom, 2013-01-02 - 2013-01-04
Organisations: Transportation Group

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Local EPrints ID: 350157
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/350157
PURE UUID: 969ffdd1-07fd-44c2-b255-0217a5834294
ORCID for B. Waterson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9817-7119

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Date deposited: 19 Mar 2013 14:47
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 04:37

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Author: S. Box
Author: J. Lees-Miller
Author: J. Snowdon
Author: J. Hammond
Author: A. Hamilton
Author: S. Gupta
Author: R.E. Wilson
Author: B. Waterson ORCID iD

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