Stochastic control of traffic patterns

Yuri B. Gaididei, Carlos Gorria, Rainer Berkemer, Peter L. Christiansen, Atsushi Kawamoto, Mads Peter Sørensen, Jens Starke

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A stochastic modulation of the safety distance can reduce traffic jams. It is found that the effect of random modulation on congestive flow formation depends on the spatial correlation of the noise. Jam creation is suppressed for highly correlated noise. The results demonstrate the advantage of heterogeneous performance of the drivers in time as well as individually. This opens the possibility for the construction of technical tools to control traffic jam formation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNetworks and Heterogeneous Media
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)261-273
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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  • Traffic model
  • Optimal velocity model
  • Discrete system
  • Stochastic system
  • Spatial and temporal colored noise
  • Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process
  • Fokker-Planck equation


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