Published in Proceedings of the 2006 IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference: Toronto, Canada, September 17, 2006, pages 1286-1291.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Christopher Clark was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
This paper describes the development of a microscopic traffic simulator purposely designed for ITS researchers studying inter-vehicle communication (IVC) concepts and applications in large traffic networks. The simulator can represent real life vehicles within the simulation by using data from vehicle Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, enabling validation of theories with real vehicle data. The software is developed on top of the existing microscopic traffic simulator VISSIM with the added flexibility of modelling and efficiently handling communication between large numbers of vehicles. This along with the software architecture was discussed in detail.