Estimating fuel consumption and emissions based on reconstructed vehicle trajectories

Zhong Chen, Chao Yang, Anthony Chen

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Microscopic emission models are widely used in emission estimation and environment evaluation. Traditionally, microscopic traffic simulation models and probe vehicles are two sources of inputs to a microscopic emission model. However, they are not effective in reflecting all vehicles' real-world operating conditions. Using each vehicle's spot speed data recorded by detectors, this paper provides a new method to estimate all vehicles' real-world activities data. These data can then be used as inputs to a microscopic emission model to estimate vehicle fuel consumption and emissions. The main task is to reconstruct trajectory of each vehicle and calculate second-by-second speed and acceleration from the activities data. The Next Generation Simulation dataset and the Comprehensive Modal Emissions Model are used in this study to calculate and analyze the emission results for both lane-level and link-level. The results showed that using the proposed method for estimating vehicle fuel consumption and emissions is promising.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-641
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Advanced Transportation
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • fuel consumption and emissions
  • microscopic emission models
  • microscopic traffic simulation models
  • vehicle trajectories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Automotive Engineering


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