Method for real-time recognition of vehicle platoons

Anshoo Gaur, Pitu Mirchandani

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An approach for the real-time recognition of vehicle platoons based on the time epochs of vehicles passing over a point (detector) on a link is introduced. Since platoons on a link depend on its traffic volume and the distribution of the vehicle headways, the algorithm first computes second-by-second vehicle density (vehicles per second) for each network link. To identify platoon beginnings and endings, this link density is multiplied by two fixed factors, one greater than 1 and the other less than 1, to obtain upper link density and lower link density, respectively; these are subsequently utilized in the platoon-recognition process. Using detector data from microsimulations of traffic scenarios, the platoon-recognition method is evaluated with respect to the following measures of effectiveness: percentage of vehicles captured in platoons, platoon size distribution, platoon densities, number of platoons versus percentage of free time (defined as the time between platoons), model robustness, and computational time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-17
Number of pages10
JournalTransportation Research Record
Issue number1748
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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