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Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2009 Oct;80(4 Pt 2):046205. Epub 2009 Oct 6.

Exciting traffic jams: nonlinear phenomena behind traffic jam formation on highways.

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA. gabor@engineering.ucsb.edu

Abstract

A nonlinear car-following model is studied with driver reaction time delay by using state-of-the-art numerical continuations techniques. These allow us to unveil the detailed microscopic dynamics as well as to extract macroscopic properties of traffic flow. Parameter domains are determined where the uniform flow equilibrium is stable but sufficiently large excitations may trigger traffic jams. This behavior becomes more robust as the reaction time delay is increased.

PMID:
19905413
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevE.80.046205
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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