Optimized Speed Trajectories for Cyclists, Based on Personal Preferences and Traffic Light Information-A Stochastic Dynamic Programming Approach

Azita Dabiri*, Andreas Hegyi, Serge Hoogendoorn

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Abstract

The literature on green mobility and eco-driving in urban areas has burgeoned in recent years, with special attention to using infrastructure to vehicle (I2V) communications to obtain optimal speed trajectory which minimize the economic and environmental costs. This article shares the concept with these studies but turns the spotlight on cyclists. It examines the problem of finding optimal speed trajectory for a cyclist in signalised urban areas. Unlike the available studies on motorised vehicles which predominantly designed for pre-defined, fixed traffic lights timing, this article uses an algorithm based on stochastic dynamic programming to explicitly address uncertainty in traffic light timing. Moreover, through a comprehensive set of simulation experiments, the article examines the impact of the speed advice's starting point as well as the cyclist's willingness for changing his/her speed on enhancing the performance. The proposed approach targets various performance metrics such as minimising the total travel time, energy consumption, or the probability of stopping at a red light. Hence, the resulting speed advice can be tailored according to the personal preferences of each cyclist. In a simulation case study, the results of the proposed approach is also compared with an existing approach in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)777-793
JournalIEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • cycling
  • energy consumption
  • Speed advice
  • stochastic dynamic programming
  • travel time

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