Platoon-based cyclists cooperative system

Sandra Céspedes, Juan Salamanca, Alexis Yañez, Carlos Rivera, Juan Camilo Sacanamboy

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Bicycle use has steadily risen its share of total urban traffic over the last decade. This has been the result of city governments promotion of alternative forms of transportation, in the search for finding strategies that help reduce traffic congestion. Although benefits of cycling in congestion and pollution are concrete, in several cities the increment of cyclists has gotten to the point to overflow the infrastructure, deriving in safety risks and gridlocks due to the lack of explicit coordination among cyclists. This paper presents the integration of two strategies that so far have been considered completely independent: cooperative driving and cycling. Our project addresses the coordination of collective behavior of platoons of cyclists that could pervade dedicated express roads such as the London's 18 mile East-West Cycle Superhighway. The proposed platoon-based cyclists cooperative system can be defined as a networked cyber-physical system with an additional challenge related to the human factor. Different from traditional automated platooning, in the proposed system cyclists respond to a Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control delivered through specific human-machine interfaces (HMI) designed to elicit the expected response from cyclists. A smart bicycle has been implemented to validate the accuracy of the proposed HMI, and simulations of the complete system are provided to determine the impact of the human error factor in the effectiveness of the cooperative cycling system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference, VNC 2015
EditorsOnur Altintas, Frank Kargl, Eylem Ekici, Christoph Sommer, Michele Segata
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781467394116
StatePublished - Jan 18 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE Vehicular Networking Conference, VNC 2015 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Dec 16 2015Dec 18 2015

Publication series

NameIEEE Vehicular Networking Conference, VNC
ISSN (Print)2157-9857
ISSN (Electronic)2157-9865


OtherIEEE Vehicular Networking Conference, VNC 2015


  • Acceleration
  • Adaptive systems
  • Bicycles
  • Cities and towns
  • Cooperative systems
  • Roads

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Transportation


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