Special Issue "Smart Road: Innovative, Sustainable and Resilient Technologies"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Electrical and Autonomous Vehicles".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Michela Longo
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Dr. Wahiba Yaici
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Natural Resources Canada, K1A 1M1 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Interests: renewables and integrated energy systems; hybrid power and energy systems; renewable heat and power; thermal/thermochemical heat storage systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite original research or review articles for a Special Issue of the journal Electronics on the topic of “Smart Road: Innovative, sustainable and resilient technologies”. Digital technologies, which are more and more pervasive, allow the interaction and exchange of information between people, systems, services, different actors, and, more generally, "objects", including vehicles. This requires a road system configured as a set of systems and services for mobility, managed and offered by different operators in an integrated environment made possible by an open and distributed architecture. In this sense, intelligent roads can only benefit from the continuous technological evolution of automatic guided vehicles and permanent connections, which enhance the road network and create new business opportunities. Smart, sustainable, quality, innovative, and inclusive roads exploit and direct change, transforming the traditional relationships between vehicles, drivers, and the road environment.

The goal of this Special Issue is to showcase the most recent advances, applications, and real-case studies in various aspects of smart road. The attention will be focused on innovative approaches and strategies adopted in different countries to design, improve, and maintain sustainable and resilient electrification and transport sectors and enhance the citizens’ quality of life.

Topics of interest of this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Regulations and standards applied for smart roads
  • Roads for resilient and safe transportation
  • Design and operations of transportation infrastructures
  • Smart road and electrification
  • Smart road and smart grid
  • Smart grid and electric vehicles
  • Smart road and smart mobility
  • Intelligent vehicles and self-driving cars
  • Wireless sensor networks and communication systems

Prof. Dr. Michela Longo
Dr. Wahiba Yaici
Guest Editors

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  • Smart road
  • Electrification
  • Smart grid
  • Electric vehicles
  • Smart mobility
  • Renewable energy sources

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Synchronous Roundabouts with Rotating Priority Sectors (SYROPS): High Capacity and Safety for Conventional and Autonomous Vehicles
Electronics 2020, 9(10), 1726; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/electronics9101726 - 20 Oct 2020
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Roundabouts are a highway engineering concept meant to reduce congestion and improve safety. However, experience shows that capacity of roundabouts is limited, and safety is not optimal. However, these improvements in capacity and safety should be compatible with both manually-driven and autonomous vehicles. [...] Read more.
Roundabouts are a highway engineering concept meant to reduce congestion and improve safety. However, experience shows that capacity of roundabouts is limited, and safety is not optimal. However, these improvements in capacity and safety should be compatible with both manually-driven and autonomous vehicles. Incorporating existing advanced technologies to the signaling and control of roundabouts will undoubtedly contribute to these improvements but should not restrict this compatibility. We approach roundabouts as synchronous switches of vehicles, and propose a roundabout system (synchronous roundabouts with rotating priorities) based on vehicle platoons arriving at the roundabout at a uniform speed and within the time slot assigned to their entry, avoiding conflicts and stops. The proposed signaling system is visual for human drivers and wireless for connected and autonomous vehicles. We evaluated analytically and with simulations roundabouts of different radii for several values of the average distance between vehicles. Results show that average delays are 28.7% lower, with negligible dispersion. The capacity improvements depend on design parameters, moderate for small roundabouts, but that goes up to 70–100% for short inter vehicular distances and medium and large roundabouts. Simulations with unbalanced traffic maintained the capacity improvement over standard roundabouts. Full article
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