The starting point of this project was a 2008 study on the ability of IntelliDrive to improve ramp metering. The aim was to develop and evaluate strategic algorithms designed to improve freeway merging.
IntelliDrive is an initiative designed to enable wireless communications among vehicles, the highway infrastructure, and travelers' personal communications devices. The aim is to develop and evaluate candidate freeway merge assistance systems that might significantly improve operations in an IntelliDrive environment.
Improved Merging Algorithms
The freeway merge assistance system under development will consist of three algorithms:
As these algorithms have previously been developed, the project has focused on enhancing and refining them. Finally, the revolutionary merging control algorithm controles and advise speed changes for both mainline and ramp vehicles in order to allow for merging in the smallest space, at the highest speed possible.