National Center for Sustainable Transportation

DOT-004 <p>Reducing Truck Emissions and Improving Truck Fuel Economy via ITS Technologies</p>

Project Number

DOT-004

Project Summary

Reducing Truck Emissions and Improving Truck Fuel Economy via ITS Technologies

Project Status

Complete

Project Report

Year

2013

Topic Area

Sustainable Urban Freight

P.I. Name & Address

Professor of Electrical Engineering Systems, Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering; USC Viterbi School of Engineering
University of Southern California
3740 McClintock Avenue
Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) 200B
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2562
United States
ioannou@usc.edu

Funding Source(s) and
Amounts Provided (by each agency or organization)

U.S. Department of Transportation

$90,000

Total Project Cost

$90,000

Agency ID or Contract Number

Research Subaward No. 201302432-02

Start and End Dates

9/30/2013 to 9/30/2017

Brief Description of
Research Project

Currently trucks are viewed as any other vehicle in traffic management. Trucks have different dynamics and different size and create traffic disturbances that affect other vehicles causing increased fuel consumption and pollution. We propose to improve our existing Port/Roadway network microscopic models in order to be able to evaluate new traffic flow and traffic light control concepts with respect to emissions and fuel economy.  Some of the concepts that could be researched and evaluated include truck platooning, traffic light priority for trucks in areas of high volume of trucks, empty container reuse, ramp metering and speed limit control techniques that take into account the presence and dynamics of trucks etc.  The research objective for this effort will be to develop new understanding of platooning and traffic that take into account the environmental impact of trucks interacting with other vehicles.

Describe Implementation of Research Outcomes (or why not implemented)

 

Impacts/Benefits of Implementation (actual, not anticipated)

 

Web Links, Reports, Project website

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