Effect of looking backward on traffic flow in a cooperative driving car following model

  • H. X. GeEmail author
  • H. B. Zhu
  • S. Q. Dai
Interdisciplinary Physics


An extended car following model is proposed by incorporating intelligent transportation system and the backward looking effect under certain condition in traffic flow. The neutral stability condition of this model is obtained by using the linear stability theory. The results show that anticipating the behavior of vehicles preceding and following one vehicle could lead to appreciable stabilization of traffic system. From the simulation of space-time evolution of the vehicle headways, it is shown that the traffic jam could be suppressed efficiently via taking into account the information about the motion of two preceding vehicles and one following vehicle, and the analytical result is consistent with the simulation one.


64.60.Fr Equilibrium properties near critical points, critical exponents 05.70.Fh Phase transitions: general studies 05.70.Jk Critical point phenomena 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Science, Ningbo UniversityNingboP.R. China
  2. 2.Shanghai Institute of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, Shanghai UniversityShanghaiP.R. China
  3. 3.Faculty of Architectural, Civil Engineering and Environment, Ningbo UniversityNingboP.R. China

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