Simulator to Assist Traffic Research

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Research into autonomous motoring will be conducted in Munich on a Cruden simulator

An automotive simulator is installed at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) simulation facility

Commissioned by the Research Group on Automated Traffic of the University’s Chair of Traffic Engineering and Control, the Cruden AS2 simulator will be used initially for research into lane-free traffic concepts with connected autonomous vehicles.

Smart traffic management strategies can allow the introduction of dynamic lane-free flow structures that adapt to changing road capacity demands. Such systems aim to utilise existing infrastructure to its full potential while avoiding infrastructure expansion costs, traffic jams and accidents.

The TUM simulator puts humans into a virtual vehicle, with vehicle dynamics provided via Cruden’s Panthera Reference Vehicle Model (PVRM). The integration with SUMO (Simulation of Urban MObility) – the open source, highly portable, microscopic and continuous multi-modal traffic simulation package – means they can experience what it is like to be driven around on roads without lanes or even central reservations.

The Research Group will create its own road models for the experiments using Panthera Unity Editor plug-ins.

Cruden assisted the Research Group on Automated Traffic with the provision of the most affordable motion simulator to achieve its needs, integrating a refurbished Moog motion platform with a new motion controller. The simulator has realistic immersive visuals provided by three projectors and a 210 degree screen.

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