Understanding Dynamics of Truck Co-Driving Networks
The goal of this paper is to learn the dynamics of truck co-driving behaviour. Understanding this behaviour is important because co-driving has a potential positive impact on the environment. In the so-called co-driving network, trucks are nodes while links indicate that two trucks frequently drive together. To understand the network’s dynamics, we use a link prediction approach employing a machine learning classifier. The features of the classifier can be categorized into spatio-temporal features, neighbourhood features, path features, and node features. The very different types of features allow us to understand the social processes underlying the co-driving behaviour. Our work is based on a spatio-temporal data not studied before. Data is collected from 18 million truck movements in the Netherlands. We find that co-driving behaviour is best described by using neighbourhood features, and to lesser extent by path and spatio-temporal features. Node features are deemed unimportant. Findings suggest that the dynamics of a truck co-driving network has clear social network effects.
KeywordsTransport networks Mobility Co-driving behaviour Spatio-temporal networks Link prediction
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