A Study for Self-adapting Urban Traffic Control
Nowadays, managing traffic in cities is a complex problem involving considerable physical and economical resources. However, traffic can be simulated by multi-agent systems (MAS), since cars and traffic lights can be modeled as agents that interact to obtain an overall goal: to reduce the average waiting times for the traffic users. In this paper, we present a self-organizing solution to efficiently manage urban traffic. We compare our proposal with other classical and alternative self-organizing approaches, observing that ours provides better results. Then, we present the main contributions of the paper that analyze the effects of different traffic conditions over our cheap and easy-to-implement method for self-organizing urban traffic management. We consider several scenarios where we explore the effects of dynamic traffic density, a reduction in the percentage of sensors needed to support the traffic management system, and the possibility of using communication among cross-points.
KeywordsUrban traffic control Multi-agent system Self-organization
The authors are supported by the Galician Regional Government under project CN 2012/260 (Consolidation of Research Units: AtlantTIC).
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