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Proactive Traffic Merging Strategies for Sensor-Enabled Cars

Ziyuan Wang, Lars Kulik, Kotagiri Ramamohanarao

VANET'07: PROCEEDINGS OF THE FOURTH ACM INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON VEHICULAR AD HOC NETWORKS | ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY | Published : 2007

Abstract

Congestion is a major challenge in today's road traffic. This paper addresses the issue of how to optimize traffic throughput on highways, in particular for intersections where a ramp leads onto the highway. In our work we assume that cars are equipped with sensors: they can detect the distance to the neighboring cars and communicate their velocity and acceleration among each other. We present proactive traffic control algorithms for merging different streams of sensor-enabled cars into a single stream. The main idea of a proactive merging algorithm is to decouple the decision point from the actual merging point. Sensor-enabled cars allow us to decide where and when a car merges before it ar..

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