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This paper narrates a history of developments in the traffic simulation models in Japan. Starting from 1971, basically two kinds of logic existed for reproducing dynamic traffic flow. These were the Block Density Method and the Input-Output Method. These methods were compared to the calculation engine of the network traffic simulation model. Subsequently, these methods evolved, were modified, and became more advanced as found in the AVENUE and SOUND simulation models. This development catered better to the changes in needs required by newer traffic simulation models and resulted in part from developments in computer technology. The first models do not include drivers’ route choice behaviour, but the later do. Initially these methods were applied to urban expressways; however, they later expanded to include surface street networks.

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Akahane, H., Oguchi, T., Oneyama, H. (2005). Saga of Traffic Simulation Models in Japan. In: Kitamura, R., Kuwahara, M. (eds) Simulation Approaches in Transportation Analysis. Operations Research/Computer Science Interfaces Series, vol 31. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-24109-4_10

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