Drive into the future: the use of shared automated vehicles

Themes: Software technology & Intelligent Systems, Infrastructure & Mobility / Transport

Basic research

A TRL is a measure to indicate the matureness of a developing technology. When an innovative idea is discovered it is often not directly suitable for application. Usually such novel idea is subjected to further experimentation, testing and prototyping before it can be implemented. The image below shows how to read TRL’s to categorise the innovative ideas.

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Routing shared automated vehicles is very complex. Advanced heuristics will be developed to make good decisions for selecting a car, determining the route, combining trips, etcetera. This will improve efficiency.


We distill advanced heuristics from exact solutions of small datasets. These advanced heuristics are than applied to approximately solve real-life datasets. Exact solutions are practically impossible because of their complexity.


Car/user matching algorithms are being developed. The resulting routing software would be applicable to many more routing problems, such as routing traditional public transport and taxis.

Dr. ir. Theresia van Essen


Dr. ir. Gonçalo Homem de Almeida Correia