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The main way to interact with a running simulation is TraCI which gives the complete flexibility of doing cross-platform, cross-language, and networked interaction with SUMO acting as a server. One major drawback is the communication overhead due to the protocol and the socket communication. To have a more efficient coupling without the need to dive deep into the SUMO internals an interface called libsumo is being defined, having the following properties:

  • C++ interface based on static functions and a few simple wrapper classes for results
  • Function signatures similar to TraCI
  • Language bindings for at least Java and Python
  • Based on SWIG

libsumo is still under development but several basic parts are already functional

  • loading a simulation
  • doing simulation steps
  • retrieving data from single vehicles, detectors, edges etc.

What does not work yet:

  • running with sumo-gui
  • subscriptions that require additional arguments (vehicle.getLeader)
  • vehicle state notifications (getting the number of departed vehicles etc.)

Building it

It currently requires cmake and swig being installed together with the developer packages for Python (and Java if needed), for Windows see Installing/Windows_CMake. You need to (re-)compile sumo yourself under Windows following the remarks above, under Linux it is probably just a matter of calling cmake and make. For the python bindings you will get a and a (or .pyd on Windows). If you place them somewhere on your python path you should be able to use them like that:

import libsumo
libsumo.Simulation.load(["-c", "test.sumocfg"])

Further descriptions will follow.