Fleet management for autonomous vehicles
Wagler, Annegret K.
Computer Science - Discrete Mathematics | Computer Science - Data Structures and Algorithms
The VIPAFLEET project consists in developing models and algorithms for man- aging a fleet of Individual Public Autonomous Vehicles (VIPA). Hereby, we consider a fleet of cars distributed at specified stations in an industrial area to supply internal transportation, where the cars can be used in different modes of circulation (tram mode, elevator mode, taxi mode). One goal is to develop and implement suitable algorithms for each mode in order to satisfy all the requests under an economic point of view by minimizing the total tour length or the makespan. The innovative idea and challenge of the project is to develop and install a dynamic fleet management system that allows the operator to switch between the differ- ent modes within the different periods of the day according to the dynamic transportation demands of the users. We model the underlying online transportation system and propose an according fleet management framework, to handle modes, demands and commands. We propose for each mode appropriate online algorithms and evaluate their performance.