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Assessing the impact of Autonomous Vehicles on urban noise pollution

Patella, SM; Aletta, F; Mannini, L; (2019) Assessing the impact of Autonomous Vehicles on urban noise pollution. Noise Mapping , 6 (1) pp. 72-82. 10.1515/noise-2019-0006. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of a noise emission study of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) and their impact on the road network. By comparing the current situation with a future hypothetical scenario (100% AVs penetration), this study highlights the positive effect, in terms of noise pollution, of the adoption of AVs on a real road network (city of Rome). For this scope, a traffic simulationbased approach was used to investigate the effects of AVs on the network congestion. Results show that the full AVs penetration scenario leads to an improvement in the network performances in terms of travel time and average network speed. Moreover, the amount of Vehicle Kilometre Travelled (VKT) shows an 8% increase on longer extraurban routes, due to the higher capacity impact of AVs on highways, with a consequent load reduction for intraurban shortcutting routes. These results are also reflected in terms of noise emission. In fact, the central area would benefit from lower noise emission, whereas an increase in traffic volume and speed lead to worsened conditions for some specific highway links of the network. Overall, it was shown that a 100% AVs fleet would have a beneficial effect for the noise pollution, leading to a general reduction of noise emissions, which is more pronounced for intraurban roads.

Type: Article
Title: Assessing the impact of Autonomous Vehicles on urban noise pollution
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1515/noise-2019-0006
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1515/noise-2019-0006
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10084531
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