Document Type


Publication Date

February 1996

Publication Title

PATH Research Report


Industrial Engineering | Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial Engineering | Systems Engineering


The concept of automated highway systems (AHS) as a means to solve the fast-worsening highway congestion problem has received renewed attention recently. Pros and cons of various mature AHS have been a subject of intense study. However, such discussions are nothing but intellectual exercises unless the issue of how to evolve the current highway systems towards these mature AHS can be resolved. There exist a large number of different possible mature AHS. The additional dimension of evolution leads to an even larger number of possible evolutionary scenarios. This paper proposes an approach to defining evolutionary scenarios and illustrates it with an example.


This work was performed as part of the California PATH Program of the University of California, in cooperation with the State of California Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency, Department of Transportation; and the United States Department Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.The contents of this report reflect the views of the authors who are responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the State of California. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.This report is also available at this link.