Traffic congestion will continue to worsen and likely worsen at a faster rate than ever. People throughput and freight throughput have become critical issues for California and the rest of the nation. PATH has funded with approximately $125K a research project entitled “Evaluation of Bus and Truck Automation Scenarios” jointly proposed by Jan Botha (Principal Investigator) of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Jacob Tsao (Co-PI) of Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at San Jose State University. This report summarizes the major findings of the research conducted by Professor Tsao and his assistants with approximately $44K out of the overall funding of $125K for the project; the infrastructure and other aspects of the research are reported by Jan Botha separately.During the one-year project, we developed detailed operating scenarios for both urban bus automation and inter-city truck automation as well as operating scenarios for conventional alternatives. We also compared the automation operating scenarios to their conventional counterparts. To support the comparison, we developed methodologies and computer tools, which can be used for similar studies in the future. Computer tools in the form of source code are also included as deliverables.
H.-S. Jacob Tsao, Lan Zhang, Lin Lin, and Deepa Batni. "Evaluation of Bus and Truck Automation Operations Concepts" PATH Research Report (2004).