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Provider / Developer Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge (ika)

Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrzeuge Aachen (fka)

Category Simulation
Purpose of tool Traffic Simulation
Type of analysis Hypothesis Testing, Impact Assessment
Graphical User Interface (GUI) Yes
Operatin systems / platforms Linux
Work mode
Open source No
Typical users Engineering
Release date 1994
Last updated 2011
Used in projects euroFOT

PELOPS (Program for the DEvelopment of LOngitudinal Traffic Processes in System Relevant Environment) is used for the evaluation of traffic- and infrastructure-supported traffic influence measures and driver assistant systems. The evaluation takes place in form of macroscopic (through-put), microscopic (time laps) and submicroscopic (emissions) parameters. Our customers are free to carry out investigations with PELOPS calling in our experts or to purchase the program only.

If required, the comprehensive stretch model allows a detailed description of the influences of a stationary traffic environment such as incline, windings and traffic signs. This environment can be extended by the setting of stretch-dependent traffic environment parameter such as wetness, slippery surface etc.

The depiction of the traffic element “driver” is divided into a decision- and a handling model. In the decision model the parameter of the local driving strategy such as speed and lane selection are determined. The handling model converts the characteristics of the local driving strategy into vehicle specific controls for example acceleration pedal position, gear lever etc. The accurate modelling enables a realistic depiction of complex driving manoeuvres such as “Stop&Go” traffic. This is most of all needed for the investigation of fuel consumption and emissions, and also for the design and analysis of driving assistance systems.

In the vehicle model the controls are converted into dynamic vehicle quantities. The modelling of vehicles is characterised by a high specification degree. The single elements of the drive train such as engine, transmission (manual or automatic), retarder etc. can be depicted in a very high accuracy.

Input data

Driver data, Environmental data, Vehicle data, Trajectories

Output data

Acceleration observations, Average speed, Brake pedal position, Clutch pedal position, Current gear, Emissions of CO2, Engine speed, Engine torque, Fuel consumption, Headway observations, Lane number, Longitudinal position, Microscopic, Macroscopic (throughput), Speed observations, Steering angle, Sub-microscopic, Time to collision, Traffic density, Traffic flow, Travel time observations, Yaw-rate


Longitudinal traffic only

Availability/licensing for 3rd parties

Contact information

Name Frederic Christen
Contact website
Product website

Additional notes