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Traffic Flow Optimization for Automated and Human Driven Vehicles

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000250167D
Publication Date: 2017-Jun-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 9K

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Method and System for Exchanging Information between Automated and Human Driven Vehicles for Optimizing Traffic Flow

A method and system is disclosed for exchanging information between automated and human driven vehicles for optimizing traffic flow. Disclosed is a method and system for exchanging information between automated and human driven vehicles for optimizing traffic flow. The method and system maximizes expediency, efficiency and safety of the traffic flow by sharing information between all automated and human driven vehicles on road that are proximal to one another. The information that is shared between vehicles can be such as, but not limited to, vehicle type (automated or human driven), destination information, number of occupants in the vehicles, occupant information, targeted time of arrival at destination, vehicle part information and vehicle part outages. The method and system also utilizes information provided by traffic control objects such as, but not limited to toll roads/booths, traffic lights, stop signs and rail crossing signals. Subsequently, the traffic control objects provide information to all vehicles in close proximity and obtain information from the vehicles that leverage service provided by the traffic control objects. The information shared between the traffic control objects and the vehicles in vicinity includes information such as, but not limited to vehicle occupancy, type of vehicle (automated or human driven), toll costs (with tired pricing based on vehicle occupancy) and traffic lights transition time.

In an embodiment, the method and system enables clustering/carpooling of vehicles on a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane by utilizing information shared between all automated and human driven vehicles. Subsequently, space on the HOV lane is maximized as the clustering of vehicles enables the vehicles to operate in a close proximity and in line with each other. Thereafter, negotiation of vehicle consolidation is facilitated when multiple automated vehicles are targeting same destination. Additionally, vehicle consolidation stations (VCS) enable passengers to appropriately negotiate vehicle consolidation at any of the VCS of a passenger’s choice.

Consider an exemplary scenario, where an automated vehicle at a stoplight (Red light) detects multiple other automate...