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National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology

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875 Perimeter Dr, MS 0901
Moscow, ID 83844-0901

Phone: 208-885-0576

Fax: 208-885-2877

Email: niatt@uidaho.edu

Transportation Research Institute

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering and Technology
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0241

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L.C. Smith College of Engineering & Computer Science
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Syracuse, NY 13244

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Innovative Transportation Research Institute

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College of Science & Technology
Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne Avenue
Houston, Texas 77004-9986

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Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

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3500 Transportation Research Plaza
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Use the Driving Simulator to Synthesize the Related Vehicle Specific Power (VSP) for Emission and Fuel Consumption Estimations

Project Title

Use the Driving Simulator to Synthesize the Related Vehicle Specific Power (VSP) for Emission and Fuel Consumption Estimations

University

Texas Southern

Principal Investigator

Fengxiang Qiao
TSU Representative to TransLIVE, Texas Southern University

Lei Yu
Director of TSU Innovative Transportation Research Institute (ITRI) and Dean of College of Science and Technology, Texas Southern University

PI Contact Information

Fengxiang Qiao

Lei Yu

Funding Sources and Amounts Provided

US Department of Transportation — $60,000
Texas Southern University — $60,000

Total Project Cost

$120,000

Agency ID or Contract Number

DTRT12GUTC17

Start Date

1/1/12

End Date

1/31/16

Description of Research Project

Vehicle emissions are highly related to the operation of vehicles, which is partially reflected in the speed and acceleration profiles and results in different Vehicle Specific Power (VSP) and operating modes. In the real world, it is very difficult to arbitrary change a control strategy. This research uses the advanced driving simulator to test the resulted speed and acceleration, and thus the vehicle emissions. Various traffic control scenarios will be prepared and a group of subjects that represents the populations in gender, driving experiences, age, etc. in the region will be recruited for simulator lab testing. The operational variables such as speed and acceleration rate for each participant under each control scenario will be recorded and finally retrieved from the system. VSP and operating mode under different traffic control scenarios will be calculated, and the resulted vehicle emissions and fuel consumptions will be estimated. Finally the impacts of different traffic control strategies to vehicle emissions and fuel consumption will be synthesized, and the results can be used as a reference to field engineers and policy makers.

Implementation of Research Outcomes

  • Ziyue Li, Lei Yu, Fengxiang Qiao, Jinghui Wang (2015). Feasibility Study of Using Driving Simulator to Develop Operating Mode Distributions for Emission Analysis. Presentation at and publication in the proceedings of the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting,Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, DC,Jan 11-15, 2015.
  • Li, Q. and F.Qiao. (2014). How Drivers’ Smart Advisory System Improves Driving Performance? A Simulator Imitation of Wireless Warning on Traffic Signalunder Sun Glare. LAMBERT Academic Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-3-659-57193-0.
  • Johora Munni ,Fengxiang Qiao, Qing Li, Lei Yu, and Po-Hsien Kuo. (2015). Driving Behavior and Emission Analysis at Yellow Intervals with Advanced Warning Message under Foggy Weather Condition: A Simulator Test. Accepted by the Transportation Research Forum for the 56th Annual Forum March 12-14, 2015 in Atlanta, GA.
  • Rahman, R., F.Qiao, Q. Li, L. Yu, and P.-H. Kuo (2015). Smart Phone Based Forward Collision Warning Message in Work Zones to Enhance Safety and Reduce Emissions. Accepted for Publication in the Journal of Transportation Research Record, Transportation Research Board of National Academy of Sciences.
  • You, B., F. Qiao,Q., and L. Yu. (2015). Implications of Left Turn Smartphone Warning Messages in Work Zone Termination Areas through Driving Simulator Tests. Accepted for publication in the proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the International Chinese Transportation Professionals Association (ICTPA), May 14 ~ 16, 2015, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Qiao, F., Q. Li,and L. Yu. (2014). Testing Impacts of Work Zone X2V Communication System on Safety and Air Quality in Driving Simulator. Accepted for presentation and publication in the proceedings of the 2014 Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) World Conference, Detroit, USA. September 7-11, 2014
  • Li, Z., F. Qiao,L. Yu. (2013). A Calibration Algorithm for Vehicle Emission Estimation Using Driving Simulator (paper # 1030). Publication in the proceedings of the 2013 Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) World Conference in Tokyo, Japan. October 14-18, 2013.
  • Li, Q., F. Qiao, X. Wang, and L. Yu (2013). Impacts of P2V Wireless Communication on Safety and Environment in Work Zones through Driving Simulator Tests (paper # 26-179). Publication in the proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of the International Chinese Transportation Professionals Association (ICTPA), May 24-26, 2013, Tampa, Florida.

Impacts and Benefits of the Project

  • The developed algorithm will help to calibrate the simulation results from driving simulator, which will thus make better use of the driving simulator for vehicle emission and fuel consumption analyses.
  • The test procedure is a good material for the development of a lab test for graduate students in courses such as Quantitative Analyses of Vehicle Emissions.

Paper

  • Li, Z., F. Qiao, L. Yu. (2013). A Calibration Algorithm for Vehicle Emission Estimation Using Driving Simulator (paper # 1030). Publication in the proceedings of the 2013 Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) World Conference in Tokyo, Japan. October 14-18, 2013.

Web Links

Final Report: TranLIVETSU1601-driving-simulator-to-synthesize-vehicle-power-for-emissions-and-fuel-estimations

Keywords

  • simulator
  • VSP
  • vehicle emissions
  • fuel consumption

Partner Universities

National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology

Physical Address:

875 Perimeter Dr, MS 0901
Moscow, ID 83844-0901

Phone: 208-885-0576

Fax: 208-885-2877

Email: niatt@uidaho.edu

Transportation Research Institute

Physical Address:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering and Technology
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0241

Phone: 757-683-3753

Fax: 757-683-5354

Email: mcetin@odu.edu

Physical Address:

L.C. Smith College of Engineering & Computer Science
223 Link Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244

Phone: 315-443.2545

Email: omsalem@syr.edu

Innovative Transportation Research Institute

Physical Address:

College of Science & Technology
Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne Avenue
Houston, Texas 77004-9986

Phone: 713-313-7282

Fax: 713-313-1856

Email: yu_lx@tsu.edu

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Physical Address:

3500 Transportation Research Plaza
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: 540-231-1500

Fax: 540-231-1555

Email: hrakha@vtti.vt.edu