Workshop: Automated Vehicles Infrastructure

Workshop on Physical and Digital Infrastructure Requirements to Facilitate Safe and Efficient Operation of Automated Vehicles in Mixed Traffic

Main organisers: Haneen Farah (TU Delft), Peter Morsink (Royal HaskoningDHV), Tom Alkim (Rijkswaterstaat)

Research questions

What are the requirements from the physical and digital infrastructure to facilitate safe and efficient operation of automated vehicles in mixed traffic? How would these requirements change as the penetration level of automation increases?

Which research methodologies and data collection methods are useful for answering these questions? Are current simulation packages suitable to assess the implications of mixed traffic on traffic flow efficiency and safety?

Infrastructure requirements for mixed traffic

Vehicle manufacturers are aiming at introducing higher levels of automated driving on public roads by 2020. However, the minimal design requirements from the physical and digital infrastructure, are not yet clearly defined. Vehicle manufacturers tend to find their own solutions and road operators are insecure about renewing or replacing current infrastructure. Defining these minimal design requirements necessitates research into the capabilities and limitations of different automation functionalities on different road conditions and road network levels, as well as research into the nature of interactions between vehicles at different automation levels (including manually driven vehicles).

This first part of the workshop will present the state of the art of automated driving systems and automated vehicles and the current research needs with respect to defining the requirements from the physical and digital infrastructure, and understanding the implications of mixed traffic on traffic flow efficiency and safety.

Interactive session

Tackling such a complex and multidisciplinary problem requires close dialogue among vehicle manufacturers, road operators, academia and knowledge institutes. In this interactive session we will brainstorm about research methodologies, data collection methods and existing data sources. We will provide insight in their usefulness to address current challenges and questions that road operators face with respect to the minimal requirements from the physical and digital infrastructure.

Lessons learned

In this workshop you will learn about the main research challenges, research questions and research methodologies needed to define the minimal requirements from the physical and digital infrastructure. These will be illustrated by best practice examples from recent research and evaluation studies.

What’s in it for me

This workshop is intended to bring together and inspire experts from the vehicle industry, road operation, academia and knowledge institutes for defining the research road map towards infrastructure and automated vehicles together.