The European Research Council – ERC announced that the proposal TrafficFluid submitted by Prof. Markos Papageorgiou is one of the 222 proposals (out of 2,052 proposals submitted) that will be funded all over Europe and in all scientific disciplines, in the frame of the ERC-2018-ADG (ERC Advanced Investigator Grants). TrafficFluid is the only project that will be funded in Greece. Τhis is the second time, that ERC funds one of Prof. Papageorgiou projects, the first ERC Advanced Grant being the project TRAMAN21 (2013-2018).
Here are some facts about the project TrafficFluid:
Project Title: Lane-free Artificial-Fluid Environment for Vehicular Traffic
Project Acronym: TrafficFluid
Project Short Description: Traffic congestion is a serious threat for the economic and social life of modern societies as well as for the environment, which calls for drastic and radical solutions. The project puts forward an utterly original idea that leads to a novel paradigm for vehicular traffic in the era of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs). TrafficFluid combines lane-free traffic with vehicle nudging to provide, for the first time since the automobile invention, the unprecedented possibility to design (rather than merely describe or model) the traffic flow characteristics in an optimal way, i.e. to engineer the future CAV traffic flow as an efficient artificial fluid. To this end, the project will develop and deliver the necessary vehicle movement strategies for various road infrastructures (motorways and urban roads), along with microscopic and macroscopic simulators and traffic management actions.
Project Duration: 5 years
Project Budget: 2.495.500 €