On the periodicity of traffic oscillations and capacity drop : the role of driver characteristics

Chen, Danjue, Ahn, Soyoung, Laval, Jorge, & Zheng, Zuduo (2014) On the periodicity of traffic oscillations and capacity drop : the role of driver characteristics. Transportation Research Part B : Methodological, 59, pp. 117-136.

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This paper shows that traffic hysteresis, a manifestation of driver characteristics, has a profound impact on the development of traffic oscillations and the bottleneck discharge rate. Findings suggest that aggressive driver behavior (with small response times and jammed spacing) leads to spontaneous formations of stop-and-go disturbances. Furthermore, the aggressive behavior, coupled with a late response to adopt less aggressive behavior, generates large hysteresis that leads to oscillations’ transformation from localized to substantial disturbances and growth. The larger the magnitude of hysteresis is, the larger the growth is. Our finding also suggests that the bottleneck discharge rate can diminish by 8-23% when driver adopts a less aggressive reaction to a disturbance (characterized by a larger response time). This finding is particularly notable since lane-changes have been believed to be the major cause of a reduction in bottleneck discharge rate.

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ID Code: 64888
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: traffic hysteresis, stop-and-go oscillations, driver behavior, capacity drop
DOI: 10.1016/j.trb.2013.11.005
ISSN: 0191-2615
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Please consult the authors
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Transportation Research Part B : Methodological. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Transportation Research Part B : Methodological, [In Press]
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2013 22:46
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2017 17:55

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