Dynamic Time-Dependent Routing in Road Networks Through Sampling

Author Ben Strasser

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Ben Strasser. Dynamic Time-Dependent Routing in Road Networks Through Sampling. In 17th Workshop on Algorithmic Approaches for Transportation Modelling, Optimization, and Systems (ATMOS 2017). Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 59, pp. 3:1-3:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2017)


We study the earliest arrival and profile problems in road networks with time-dependent functions as arc weights and dynamic updates. We present and experimentally evaluate simple, sampling-based, heuristic algorithms. Our evaluation is performed on large, current, production-grade road graph data with time-dependent arc weights. It clearly shows that the proposed algorithms are fast and compute paths with a sufficiently small error for most practical applications. We experimentally compare our algorithm against the current state-of-the-art. Our experiments reveal, that the memory consumption of existing algorithms is prohibitive on large instances. Our approach does not suffer from this limitation. Further, our algorithm is the only competitor able to answer profile queries on all test instances below 50ms. As our algorithm is simple to implement, we believe that it is a good fit for many realworld applications.
  • shortest path
  • time-dependent
  • road graphs
  • preprocessing


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