Development and Assessment of Cooperative V2X Applications for Emergency Vehicles in an Urban Environment Enabled by Behavioral Models

  • Florian WeinertEmail author
  • Michael Düring
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mobility book series (LNMOB)


Statistically, emergency vehicles (EVs) encounter a higher risk of getting involved in accidents during their missions than other road users. The successful completion of these missions can be facilitated by new applications. Simulations may support the development of applications, as it is not possible to test them in a real traffic system. Simulation of Urban Mobility (SUMO) is one possible tool to conduct simulations of real traffic systems. However, SUMO is not capable of modelling a realistic behavior of EVs, new types of infrastructure, and individual vehicles (IVs) concerning EVs by a predefined function. We propose models for each of the missing pieces towards an integrated approach to simulate EVs in an urban environment. Therefore, we adjust them with a video analysis and simulate them. Further, an assessment analyzes their usability as a reference for testing new applications. In order to identify supportive applications, we created and carried out a survey with 252 EV drivers. The deduced applications are a traffic light preemption via V2I and an automated formation of a rescue lane via V2V. We assess the models and applications by evaluating the travelling time, a speed profile of the EV, and speed profiles of the IVs. Additionally, we show the usefulness of the two applications for the EV as well as the IVs.


Simulation of an emergency vehicle Simulation of EVs Urban Intersection Real EV behavior Rescue lane Intelligent transportation system Intelligent traffic light V2X Preemption Automated formation of a rescue lane Travelling time 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Volkswagen AGWolfsburgGermany

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