Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science

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Vehicular Traffic: A Review of Continuum Mathematical Models

  • Benedetto Piccoli
  • Andrea Tosin
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27737-5_576-3

Definition of the Subject

Vehicular traffic is attracting a growing scientific interest because of its connections with other important problems, like environmental pollution and congestion of cities. Rational planning and management of vehicle fluxes are key topics in modern societies under both economical and social points of view, as the increasing number of projects aimed at monitoring the quality of the road traffic demonstrates. In spite of their importance, however, these issues cannot be effectively handled by simple experimental approaches. On the one hand, observation and data recording may provide useful information on the physics of traffic, highlighting some typical features like clustering of the vehicles, the appearance of stop-and-go waves, the phase transition between the regimes of free and congested flow, and the trend of the traffic in uniform flow conditions. The books by Kerner (2004) and Leutzbach (1988) extensively report about traffic phenomena, real traffic...


Riemann Problem Vehicular Traffic Riemann Solver Fundamental Diagram Weak Entropic Solution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo ‘Mauro Picone’Consiglio Nazionale delle RicercheRomeItaly