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Capacity Of Automated Highway Systems: Effect Of Platooning And Barriers


In this paper, the authors study the capacity of key Automated Highway Systems (AHS) operating scenarios. The effect of the lane-flow rule, platooning or free-agent, as well as the lane barriers, on AHS capacity are studied. Special attention is paid to the interaction between the lane-flow rule and the lane change requirement. The paper consists of two major components, analytical models and AHS simulation. After a brief introduction of AHS operating strategies, analytical models are developed for general AHS. For simulation, the authors focus on a segregated AHS that has one automated lane and one transition lane.

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