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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 714149, 10 pages
Research Article

Development of Urban Road Network Traffic State Dynamic Estimation Method

Key Laboratory of Road and Traffic Engineering of the Ministry of Education, Tongji University, 4800 Cao’an Road, Shanghai 201804, China

Received 21 July 2014; Revised 18 September 2014; Accepted 18 September 2014

Academic Editor: Wuhong Wang

Copyright © 2015 Jiawen Wang 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.


Traffic state estimation is a key problem with considerable implications in modern traffic management. A simple, general, and complete approach to the design of urban network traffic state and phase estimator has been developed in this paper. A uniform traffic state dynamic estimation method structure is designed which consists of three steps. (1) Floating-car data and radio frequency identification data preprocessing method is proposed to remove the abnormal data and finish the map matching process. (2) Section speed estimation method is proposed based on the degree of confidence. (3) Traffic phase identification method is proposed based on the estimated section speed. A number of simulation and field investigations have been conducted to test the estimator performance. The investigation results indicate that the proposed approach is of high accuracy and smoothness on the section speed estimation and effectively eliminates the influence of abnormal data fluctuations and insufficient data. And the traffic phase identification method can effectively filter out the abnormal distortion of estimated section speed around the threshold value and modify the phase step of traffic status caused by abnormal data.