Models for the Integration of Autonomous Vehicles in the Urban Environment
Thesis Code: 23001
Thesis Type: M.Sc. thesis in ICT for Smart Societies / M.Sc. thesis in Mobility Engineering / M.Sc. thesis in Civil Engineering / M.Sc. thesis in Mathematical Engineering / equivalent
Research Area: Future Cities & Communities
• Interest in transport models and planning
• Experience in data analysis
• Experience with main programming languages (Python, C/C++)
• Interest in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
• Ability to critically interpret analytical results
The diffusion of autonomous vehicles and their consequent impact on traffic and on the urban system represents an emerging topic of research and of increasing interest in the academic, industrial and institutional fields.
This thesis is conducted as part of a mobility project, the aim of which is to investigate some issues related to the diffusion of autonomous vehicles in the urban environment, including: (i) the development of different scenarios of autonomous vehicles diffusion, that use data on the interactions between autonomous vehicles and other road users; (ii) the development of a traffic simulation environment to evaluate the impacts of different scenarios of autonomous vehicles diffusion on traffic congestion; (iii) the impact of the integration of autonomous vehicles into the urban system, in terms of transport safety and efficiency and environmental impact.
The models can be tested on a case study of interest (e.g. the city of Turin) to outline possible scenarios for the public decision maker and to support urban planning processes. Based on the candidate’s skills and interests, it will be possible to carry out an in-depth analysis on transport models and / or urban planning policies.