Development of an Innovation Corridor Testbed for Shared Electric Connected and Automated Transportation

Development of an Innovation Corridor Testbed for Shared Electric Connected and Automated Transportation

As part of the City of Riverside’s Smart-City initiative, UC Riverside researchers are developing an Innovation Corridor testbed for enabling shared electric connected and automated transportation research. This Innovation Corridor consists of a six-mile section of University Avenue between UC Riverside and downtown Riverside, and supports various transportation modes including passenger vehicles, trucks, transit (RTA buses), bicycles, and various forms of micro-mobility. It is proposed to instrument this corridor with various infrastructure equipment to support research in shared electric connected and automated transportation. Specifically, researchers will equip the corridor with roadside communications equipment and advanced traffic signal controllers at several key intersections, to help improve safety, mobility and environmental sustainability. With this initial instrumentation, the research team will then conduct connected vehicle experimentation that utilize the signal phase and timing (SPaT) data from these intersections to smooth traffic flow. For this Innovation Corridor, the researchers will also set up a high-fidelity simulation environment to evaluate potential connected vehicle strategies. Investigators will carry out a variety of Eco-Approach and Departure (EAD) connected vehicle scenarios that the researchers will evaluate both in simulation and in the real-world. As part of the simulation ecosystem, the research team will compare energy and emissions models to see which best matches the real-world measurements.

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