Scenario-Based Platoon Lane Network Design

23 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2021

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Anirudh Kishore Bhoopalam

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); Erasmus Univeristy Rotterdam School of Management

Niels Agatz

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Martin Savelsbergh

Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering

Date Written: September 30, 2021

Abstract

Designing infrastructure is a key part of urban planning. Infrastructure design design decisions typically have to be made when the demand that the infrastructure needs to support is uncertain. One way to represent uncertain demand in optimization models is by means of possible realizations or scenarios. Using many scenarios is likely to produce better solutions but also creates computational challenges. We propose an approach that blends solutions, each obtained using an optimization model with relatively few scenarios. We explore this approach in the context of locating dedicated truck platoon lanes. A truck platoon is a set of trucks that drive behind one another at short headways to save fuel, reduce emissions, and improve traffic throughput. The use of dedicated platoon lanes helps prevent potentially dangerous situations when interacting with regular traffic. Furthermore, dedicated platooning lanes can help increase platooning benefits and prolong the life of infrastructure. Computational experiments show the efficacy of our blending approach. Blending designs obtained with a few scenarios is as effective, but much more efficient, as creating a design using many scenarios.

Suggested Citation

Kishore Bhoopalam, Anirudh and Agatz, Niels A.H. and Savelsbergh, Martin, Scenario-Based Platoon Lane Network Design (September 30, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3933988 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3933988

Anirudh Kishore Bhoopalam (Contact Author)

Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) ( email )

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Erasmus Univeristy Rotterdam School of Management ( email )

Niels A.H. Agatz

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) ( email )

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Room T08-21
3000 DR Rotterdam, 3000 DR
Netherlands

Martin Savelsbergh

Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering ( email )

Atlanta, GA 30332
United States

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