Traffic jams: dynamics and control

Orosz, Gábor, Wilson, R. Eddie and Stépán, Gábor (2010) Traffic jams: dynamics and control. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, 368, (1928), 4455-4479. (doi:10.1098/rsta.2010.0205).


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This introductory paper reviews the current state-of-the-art scientific methods used for modelling, analysing and controlling the dynamics of vehicular traffic. Possible mechanisms underlying traffic jam formation and propagation are presented from a dynamical viewpoint. Stable and unstable motions are described that may give the skeleton of traffic dynamics, and the effects of driver behaviour are emphasized in determining the emergent state in a vehicular system. At appropriate points, references are provided to the papers published in the corresponding Theme Issue.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1098/rsta.2010.0205
ISSNs: 1364-503X (print)
1471-2962 (electronic)
Keywords: vehicular traffic, congestion, stop-and-go waves, hopf bifurcation, driver reaction time, unstable waves
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
T Technology > TE Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 184227
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
13 October 2010Published
Date Deposited: 06 May 2011 09:11
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:37

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