The physics of traffic jams

@article{Nagatani2002ThePO,
  title={The physics of traffic jams},
  author={Takashi Nagatani},
  journal={Reports on Progress in Physics},
  year={2002},
  volume={65},
  pages={1331-1386}
}
  • T. Nagatani
  • Published 13 August 2002
  • Physics
  • Reports on Progress in Physics
Traffic flow is a kind of many-body system of strongly interacting vehicles. Traffic jams are a typical signature of the complex behaviour of vehicular traffic. Various models are presented to understand the rich variety of physical phenomena exhibited by traffic. Analytical and numerical techniques are applied to study these models. Particularly, we present detailed results obtained mainly from the microscopic car-following models. A typical phenomenon is the dynamical jamming transition from… 
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