The Knowledge Engineering Review


A review on agent-based technology for traffic and transportation

Ana L. C. Bazzana1 and Franziska Klügla2

a1 Instituto de Informática/PPGC, UFRGS, Caixa Postal 15064 91.501-970 Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil; e-mail:

a2 Örebro University, Fakultetsgatan 1, 70182 Örebro, Sweden; e-mail:


In the last few years, the number of papers devoted to applications of agent-based technologies to traffic and transportation engineering has grown enormously. Thus, it seems to be the appropriate time to shed light over the achievements of the last decade, on the questions that have been successfully addressed, as well as on remaining challenging issues. In the present paper, we review the literature related to the areas of agent-based traffic modelling and simulation, and agent-based traffic control and management. Later we discuss and summarize the main achievements and the challenges.

(Online publication May 03 2013)