This was achieved by enabling road authorities to get ready for the transition towards a shared road network of automated vehicles (AVs) and conventional vehicles, both in terms of vehicle penetration rates and levels of automation.
The arrival of AVs promise to reduce road space demand, improve traffic and safety. Therefore, AV-ready transport and infrastructure planning is key for the development of the cities. CoEXist addresses three key steps in transport and infrastructure development:
- AV-ready transport modelling: Validated extension of existing microscopic and macroscopic transport models to include different types of AVs (passenger cars, light-freight vehicles, automation levels).
- AV-ready road infrastructure: Tool to assess the impact of AVs on safety, traffic efficiency, space demand and development of design guidance for hybrid (AV-/CV-shared) infrastructures.
- AV-ready road authorities: Elaboration of use cases in road authorities used to evaluate AV impacts on safety, traffic efficiency and road space requirements (with CoEXist tools) and making detailed hybrid infrastructure design recommendations.