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Gradually expand traffic lane line(barriers) according to airflow generated while the vehicles pass by.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241421D
Publication Date: 2015-Apr-25

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Abstract

There are more and more private cars running on cities' roads, which adds much more pressure on traffic control. Under specific conditions (such as inbound peak morning commutes verses outbound evening commutes, blockages due to accidents, constructions, or disabled vehicles) there can be situations that, on a given road, one direction traffic flow is loose and comfortable, while the opposite direction is high with heavy traffic congestion. This cannot always be completely predictable.

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There are more and more private cars running on cities' roads, which adds much more pressure on traffic control. Under specific conditions (such as inbound peak morning commutes verses outbound evening commutes, blockages due to accidents, constructions, or disabled vehicles) there can be situations that, on a given road, one direction traffic flow is loose and comfortable, while the opposite direction is high with heavy traffic congestion. This cannot always be completely predictable.

A possible solution is like what's introduced in the invention of Method and Apparatus for Dynamically Dividing a Multi-Lane Road for Management of Vehicular Traffic* , which introduces the utilization of movable road divider blocks embedded into the road that can be moved to narrow or reduce the light traffic lanes in one direction and allow for more lanes to open up in the congested direction. However, it could introduce a potential traffic accident when in implementation of expanding the number of lanes due to the status change of these blocks as they close down or open lanes.

With aforementioned solution, the moveable traffic barrier blocks are designed in accordance with the road, which is not very flexible. The barrier's control are centralized and not smart enough to handle the possible dynamic traffic flow situations by themselves.

So, as illustrated previously, there are plenty of reasons proving the need of looking for a new solution of dynamic, flexible, smart control on traffic flows using the expansion and contraction of the number of directional traffic lanes.

Disclosed is a method to automatically re-arrange the traffic barriers based on the simulated pressure from vehicles. The number of vehicles moving in one direction would result in a higher pressure on that side of the road and result in the opening of more traffic lanes. This disclosure uses the traffic pressure, we can use the GPS or vehicle-WiFi(ipv6) in the system to detect the numbers of vehicle and the driving direction, and then use the big data analysis the traffic flow.

Disclosed is a methodology for dynamic traffic flow control by smart lane lines of moving road divider barriers, which provides efficient, smooth, dynamic and accurate control for change of direction happening on lanes that are being added in the direction of the heavier traffic.

By adding wheels, engine, generators, and WiFi devices to the actual mobile traffic barrier, we can make the barrier smart enough to move automatically.

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In the stage of initialization, the barriers will choose one or more of them as the anchors, which are used to help identify the original location of all the barriers.

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