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Hysteresis in traffic flow revisited: An improved measurement method

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  • Laval, Jorge A.
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    This paper presents new insights on the hysteresis phenomenon in congested freeway traffic. It is found that existing theories based on different driver behavior for acceleration and deceleration are incomplete. The data suggests that one needs to consider aggressive and timid driver behavior as well. These findings are based on an improved method for measuring traffic flow variables from trajectory data consistently with kinematic wave theory.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part B: Methodological.

    Volume (Year): 45 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 (February)
    Pages: 385-391

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:transb:v:45:y:2011:i:2:p:385-391

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    Keywords: Hysteresis Traffic flow Kinematic wave theory;

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    1. Blandin, Sébastien & Argote, Juan & Bayen, Alexandre M. & Work, Daniel B., 2013. "Phase transition model of non-stationary traffic flow: Definition, properties and solution method," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 52(C), pages 31-55.
    2. Chen, Danjue & Ahn, Soyoung & Laval, Jorge & Zheng, Zuduo, 2014. "On the periodicity of traffic oscillations and capacity drop: The role of driver characteristics," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 117-136.
    3. Li, Xiaopeng & Wang, Xin & Ouyang, Yanfeng, 2012. "Prediction and field validation of traffic oscillation propagation under nonlinear car-following laws," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 46(3), pages 409-423.

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