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Journal of Advanced Transportation
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 3785957, 11 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/3785957
Research Article

Implementation and Evaluation of a Traffic Light Assistance System Based on V2I Communication in a Simulation Framework

1Department of Information Engineering and Security, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Vienna, Austria
2Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universidad Pública de Navarra, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
3Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Instituto Universitario de Investigación del Automóvil (INSIA), Madrid, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to Cristina Olaverri-Monreal; ta.neiw-mukinhcet@irrevalo

Received 30 October 2017; Accepted 8 February 2018; Published 18 March 2018

Academic Editor: Yuchuan Du

Copyright © 2018 Cristina Olaverri-Monreal et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) make the exchange of information possible through cooperative systems that broadcast traffic data to enhance road safety. Traffic light assistance (TLA) systems in particular utilize real-time traffic light timing data by accessing the information directly from the traffic management center. To test the reliability of a TLA system based on networked intervehicular interaction with infrastructure, we present in this paper an approach to perform theoretical studies in a lab-controlled scenario. The proposed system retrieves the traffic light timing program within a range in order to calculate the optimal speed while approaching an intersection and shows a recommended velocity based on the vehicle’s current acceleration and speed, phase state of the traffic light, and remaining phase duration. Results show an increase in driving efficiency in the form of improvement of traffic flow, reduced gas emissions, and waiting time at traffic lights after the drivers adjusted their velocity to the speed calculated by the system.