A Transportation System Model Based on Smart Autonomous Vehicles with Distributed Coordination
Public transportation in urban centers is of fundamental importance, being a widely investigated topic. Smart autonomous vehicles (SAVs) present a great potential in revolutionizing transportation systems in urban areas, providing more flexible and efficient solutions. This work proposes a new transportation model based on SAVs that provides a station-based, point-to-point service, with distributed coordination. The model offers two different modes of operation, one with exclusive rides, and the other with ride sharing between clients. A simulator has been developed, through which the system’s characteristics are analyzed, and the two modes of operation compared. It was observed that with the increase in the system client demand over time the ride sharing mode gets more efficient than the mode with exclusive rides, both in terms to the average time required to deliver clients and the total distance traveled.
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