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Re: [sumo-dev] Setting individual traffic light state via TraCI (follow up)

in the latest development version of sumo the following things are implemented:
- you can assign custom numerical values for each traffic-light controlled connection in netedit (inspect connections and set attribute linkIndex)
- multiple connections can share the same numerical value and thus form a group
- traffic light programs can be shortened to the number of used values (button 'cleanup states' in traffic light mode)
- these numerical values can be shown in netedit and sumo-gui (junction settings 'show link tls index')
- the command traci.trafficlight.setLinkState sets the state for the given numerical value

So the only thing that is missing is the capability to assign stringIDs for the numerical group ids. I'm reluctant to add string-aliases to the core data model of a connection because it is somewhat redundant. However, sumo supports key-value maps for storing non-core parameters and abitrary user data. These maps can be read and written via TraCI and are also shown in SUMO-GUI (The only thing currently missing is editing them in netedit).
For example traffic light parameters see

I think adding a new parameter
<param key="alias" value="K1 K2 K3 K4"/>
that would map the alphanumerical Ids K1 to K4 onto the numerical group IDs 0 to 3 would be fine.
Things that would be needed:
1) in the gui, when selecting show link tls index, the alias should automatically be shown below the index value if it exists
2) in traci.trafficlight.setLlinkState a non-numerical index should automatically be translated into the numerical ID using the alias parameter if it exists
3) in netedit, there should be a way to show and edit <param> values.
Points 1 and 2 should be very easy to do but 3) requires some thinking about UI design to make it fit nicely into the general architecture (many objects besides traffic lights can use <param>s). 3) is on our to-do list anway and would probably be done in the first quarter of 2018.

I guess if you mostly keep your signal plans in separate xml files or you set them via TraCI anyway then 3) is not urgently needed for your use case.
What kind of use do you anticipate?


2017-12-12 10:48 GMT+01:00 Menno van der Woude <menno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:

a while ago I patched SUMO to allow me set state for individual traffic lights via a Traci command (see the patch I sent on 23th July 2017). This worked, but I still would like to implement it in a more robust way, preferably:

- allow (via netedit) setting a property on a connection in an intersection; not a unique ID, because sometimes multiple connections will belong to group of lights controlled as a single phase. So it would be a string property called "TrafficLightId" or similar.
- add a Traci call that allows setting the trafficlight state for a 'single' traffic light, where a 'single' traffic light means all connections that have a given value set for the "TrafficLightId" string property.

This scenario would, at least in my case, make it much more easy to control an intersection using Traci: I could thus easily set the TrafficLightId values for all connections of an intersection, and from my Traci client implementation, call a SetSingleTrafficLightState function, using those (not unique) Id values.
This as opposed to the current situation, where I have to closely look at the connections in Netedit, to determine their index in the traffic light state string (e.g. "yyyGGrr"), and subsequently map the traffic lights from my program to that indexed string.
The latter means much manual work and manually coding the named mapping of lights to the string. It is also very sensitive for mistakes. The former could be implemented in the Traci client in a much more generic way.

What is your view on this? I would be happy to take time to implement this, however, I wonder if this would be a feature that could find its way back into the SUMO master branch? Otherwise it would make little sense, as I would have rewind my changes onto the master branch very often. If this is a welcome addition, I would need some advice where to start with adding the named property to a connection, and how to add a textbox to the UI of netedit for this.

Thanks, kind regards,

Menno van der Woude
CodingConnected e.U. (Wien - Österreich)
E menno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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