Review and New Insights of the Car-Following Model for Road Vehicle Traffic Flow

  • You-zhi Zeng
  • Ning Zhang
Conference paper


This paper reviews the car-following model for road vehicle traffic flow, describes the advantages and disadvantages of these models including the stimulus-response model, the safety distance model namely behavior model or collision avoidance model, the psycho-physical model namely the action point model and the artificial intelligence-based model and so on; and based on the research of the effects of drivers’ behavior including drivers’ disturbance risk preference heterogeneity and drivers’ rear view behavior depending on complex real traffic situations on traffic flow instability, which have been investigated by the authors, discusses the reality conformity of some car-following model assumptions and proposes some new insights and views about the car-following model.


Traffic congestion The car-following model Road vehicle traffic flow Model assumptions The reality conformity 



This work is supported by The National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 70971003) and the Innovation Foundation of BUAA for PhD Graduates.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Economics and Management Beihang UniversityBeijingChina

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