Workshop: Automated Vehicles Infrastructure

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

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.

Organisers Haneen Farah is an Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology and member of the RSS2017 Local Organising Committee.
Peter Morsink, MSc is a project manager and senior expert in road safety and traffic management at Royal HaskoningDHV since 2008. He is a mechanical engineer, graduated in biomechanics and computational mechanics. Since 1998 Peter has developed into an all-round road safety consultant through a wide range of assignments on different types of road safety projects. Before joining Royal HaskoningDHV, Peter worked at the Dutch research institute TNO Automotive (6 years) and SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research (5 years). He has gained a lot of international experience in executing and managing research and consultancy projects in the field of vehicle and infrastructure safety, (inter)national road safety policy and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). In these areas he has been active as a lecturer in road safety training programs and he has written and presented many papers at international conferences (e.g. TRB, ETC, ITS World, Stapp, SAE, CIECA). In his current position he is involved in many projects on road safety and traffic management from different perspectives (infrastructure, technology, autonomous vehicles, education), on both a strategic and operational level, in the Netherlands and abroad.
Tom Alkim has almost 20 years of experience in the field of ITS, C-ITS and automated driving, and has been a constant factor for Rijkswaterstaat in exploring the opportunities to improve their primary processes in general and active traffic management in particular by looking for innovative solutions. Not for the sake of innovation itself but to improve traffic flow in the Netherlands in terms of throughput, safety and environmental impact. Tom is a member of the national working group on automated driving that’s responsible for realizing the Dutch Minister’s ambitions regarding connected and automated driving. This includes the Declaration of Amsterdam and the EU Truck Platooning Challenge during the Dutch Presidency of the EU in 2016. One of Tom’s responsibilities is the knowledge agenda which can be found online.