30. September 2015 · Comments Off on Detector Placement Strategies for Freeway Travel Time Estimation · Categories: Conference Papers, Publications

Authors: Ying Liu, Xiaorong Lai, Gang-Len Chang

Conference: the 2006 IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control, 2006

One popular class of approaches to estimate freeway corridor travel time is based on measured or estimated speed data from roadside detectors. In most estimation practices, using either simulated or actual data, detectors are assumed to evenly distribute with a close spacing of around half mile. Unfortunately, this detector location scheme will be too costly for most freeway corridors under limited budget. To contend with this issue, this paper examines some widely used estimation algorithms under various traffic conditions with different detector spacing, and then proposes a set of strategies for locating detectors. Numerical results, based on traffic conditions on I-70 corridor of Maryland, have demonstrated the promising properties of our proposed strategies under recurrent congestion pattern.

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