Compared to the performance of a well-tuned fully actuated signal control system, proactive signal control supported by connected vehicle data can reduce total vehicle delay up to 59 percent.

University simulation studies evaluated the performance of a proactive signal control system.

January 2018
Houston; Texas; United States

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This research developed a proactive signal control system based on connected vehicles to minimize vehicle delay at multiple intersections. The system utilized connected vehicles to accurately predict the volumes entering the intersection through different movements.


Macroscopic simulations of isolated and multiple intersections were used to estimate the effectiveness of the system at reducing vehicle delay. Signal timing was optimized based on a short-term prediction of total vehicle delay at a sample intersection.

In addition, the study used a microscopic traffic simulator (INTEGRATION) to emulate the performance of three consecutive intersections on FM 528 near Houston and the potential impact of implementing connected vehicle enabled proactive signal control. The analysis compared the performance of the proactive signal control system against a well-tuned fully actuated signal control design.


Compared to well-tuned fully actuated control, proactive signal control systems supported by connected vehicle data can reduce total vehicle delay up to 59 percent and decrease vehicle stops by 40 percent.

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Connected Vehicle-Enabled Proactive Signal Control for Congestion Mitigation on Arterial Corridors

Author: Yang, Hao; M Haque; and Xing Wu

Published By: Transportation Research Board

Source Date: January 2018


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Benefit ID: 2018-01327