Research Cooperative for Traffic Simulation
and Impacts on the Environment","")?> NRW-FVU")?> Prensently technical conditions for new approaches in traffic engineering grow for instance within the field of telematics. Catchwords like "Intelligent Transport System" (ITS), "Satellite Navigation" or "Personal Travel Assistent" (PTA) are in the center of public interest. An essential condition for those techniques is a detailed reproduction of the current traffic state which can be supplied by micro simulations.

Many current traffic problems can be reduced without resource and landscape intesive extension of the road network, resp. new building project can be optimally coordinated to the traffic requirements.

Our research activities focus on creating an instrument for producing temporally high dissolved statements about the motoring environment of an observed area. This instrument will be usable within the scope of both traffic management and traffic planning. The area of our current examinations is Wuppertal, a city in Northrheinwestfalia, with available network and structure data.

To promote the development of methods for a global examination of traffic correlations the northrheinwestfalian ministry for research and science founded the Research Cooperative for Traffic Simulation and Impacts on the Environment (NRW-FVU). Eleven institutes of northrheinwestfalian universities and the German Aerospace Center are involved. From the origin-destination matrices, which are provided from the institut of urban architecture at the RWTH Aachen, our work group computes the routes, individually for each driver. Then we create realistic traffic flows in the virtual road-network: every driver follows his individual route and interacts (adjustment of velocity, saftey distance, etc.) with the other drivers and with outer influences (traffic lights, right of way rules). From the individual car states we compute the arising emissions, which are used as input for meteorological calculations done by the Institut for Geophysics and Meteorology at the Cologne University.

Here you will find a short MPEG-film (attention: 9MB!) with a simulation of Wuppertal. As there are problems about the MPEG standard, the file exists as an animated GIF, too.

Wuppertal MPEG

Workshop")?> From September 30th to October 2nd, 1998, there was the

Workshop "Traffic and Mobility"

at ika RWTH Aachen where the results of the FVU were presented.

Further information

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Used models.


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