A simulation system for autonomous carts

Boumediene Belkhouche, Abderrahmane Lakas

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2 Citations (Scopus)


We elaborate a simulation model of a Cooperative Autonomous Reactive Taxi System (CARTS) to investigate a software architecture that supports decision decentralization and the impact of such an architecture on optimization issues associated with the pickup and delivery problem (PDP). Our PDP models cart transportation services, whose use is becoming highly popular within campuses. Given dynamic stochastic variables that include a set of carts, a set of customers, a set of stations (e.g., bus stop), and a set of transport missions, we devise autonomous intelligent carts capable of effectively carrying out these missions to satisfy the quality of service requirements and any associated constraints. To assess our approach, we develop a real-time stochastic system to simulate different aspects, such decentralized decision-making, request scheduling and allocation, route construction, and cooperative behavior. The simulation results allow us to carry a cost-efficiency analysis by determining the correlation between the number of carts required to service the daily requests, the carts seat capacity needed in each cart, and the arrival rates of the passengers in each stop.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 International Conference on Infocom Technologies and Unmanned Systems
Subtitle of host publicationTrends and Future Directions, ICTUS 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538605141
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2 2017
Event2017 International Conference on Infocom Technologies and Unmanned Systems, ICTUS 2017 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Dec 18 2017Dec 20 2017

Publication series

Name2017 International Conference on Infocom Technologies and Unmanned Systems: Trends and Future Directions, ICTUS 2017


Other2017 International Conference on Infocom Technologies and Unmanned Systems, ICTUS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates


  • cart transportation
  • decentralized control
  • pickup and delivery problem
  • route planning
  • scheduling
  • software architecture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Control and Optimization
  • Computer Science Applications


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