Simpla

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Introduction - Platooning Modes

simpla is a configurable, platooning plugin for the TraCI Python client [link]. It manages the spontaneous formation of vehicle platoons and allows you to define specific behavior for vehicles that travel inside a platoon.

This is achieved by defining additional vehicle types [link], which represent platooning modes, and by providing information, which type (mode) to use for normal travel, and which one to use when platooning is activated.

For platooning one to three operational modes may be specified apart from the normal travelling mode (see section Configuration [link] for the details):

  • Platoon leader mode (behavioral parameters of a vehicle driving at the front of a platoon)
  • Platoon follower mode (behavioral parameters of a vehicle driving behind another vehicle within a platoon)
  • Platoon catch-up mode (behavioral parameters of a vehicle in range of a platoon, which is feasible for joining)

It suffices to specify the platoon leader mode to use simpla. The behavior in situations corresponding to the follower mode will use the leader mode if the follower mode is not specified. The situations corresponding to the catch-up mode will use the follower mode if no separate catch-up mode is specified.