Traffic flow control in automated highway systems

Luis Alvarez, Roberto Horowitz, Perry Li

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The problem of vehicle traffic flow control in automated highway systems is analyzed. Given desired vehicular density and velocity profiles along a highway, stabilizing velocity controllers are designed so that the real vehicle traffic flow converges to the desired profiles. The controllers are derived using vehicle conservation flow models and Lyapunov stability techniques. A highway topology with a discrete number of lanes is considered. Vehicles can have different destinations and perform diverse maneuvers. The control law obtained is distributed and therefore is suited for implementation on AHS hierarchical multilayer architectures. Simulation results are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1071-1078
Number of pages8
JournalControl Engineering Practice
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1999

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research was supported by UCB-ITS PATH grants MOU-135, MOU-238 and MOU-310.


  • Automated guided vehicles
  • Lyapunov stability
  • Partial differential equations
  • Traffic control
  • Velocity control


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