Simulating Autonomous Vehicles and Future Mobility Concepts in Urban Areas

SUMO (Simulation of Urban Mobility) is a microscopic traffic simulator. It has been developed by the German Aerospace Center since 2003 and published as Open Source (see http://sumo.dlr.de). In this talk, SUMO and its capabilities for the realistic simulation of cars, busses, bikes, pedestrians, trains and even ships in cities, such as Berlin, are presented in an overview. A short and hands-on tutorial for the live creation of a simulation scenario is provided. This scenario is a starting point to shed a light on the various application areas of SUMO, such as simulating and testing autonomous vehicles, traffic modeling, traffic light optimization, intermodal trip planning, ... Each application area is illustrated with concrete project references in which SUMO was successfully applied. Finally, the power and the advantages of coupling SUMO with other simulators to simulate car-to-car communication or virtual testing is presented.

In Januar 2017, the German Aerospace Center joined the Eclipse Foundation and plans to make this simulator available under EPL. Just last week, the new project "Eclipse SUMO" passed its creation review successfully. This is part of a joint initiative between German Aerospace Center, Fraunhofer FOKUS, University of Paderborn and Volkswagen, BOSCH, TESIS DynaWare, ZIP and other partners from the industry to create the working group "OpenMobility" within the Eclipse Foundation. It is meant to coordinate the development of the first Open Simulation Platform for Autonomous Mobility. We believe, that understanding the effects of autonomous mobility and having an open test platform for autonomous vehicles are both essential to solve the urgent problems in traffic in the next years.

This an updated version of a presentation that was well received at the EclipseCon France 2017.

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