have you ever wondered why a traffic jam, when there is not an apparent reason? recently I talked about this and how the traffic density is, ultimately, one of the most decisive factors when creating bottlenecks, and therefore, traffic jams that are not due to any exceptional cause, such as accidents, breakdowns, and other incidents on the road. The interesting thing is that this simulator, the same that probably will make you lose time having fun seeing how a jam, it can be an essential tool for avoiding traffic jams, to create a predictive model that will help, above all, to create roads that are able to withstand a certain density of traffic as congested.
This simulator, which you can find in the link Traffic Simulation, was created by Martin Treiber, of the University of Dresden, Germany, to to study the formation of traffic jams. Although the traffic has been distributed in a circular ring, with three lanes, and still have not been made to other factors of interest that contribute to the formation of traffic jams, as departures and additions, lane closures, or branches, is already more than enough to study some of the factors that most influence the formation of jams.
Factors that start with the traffic density, and that pass by the proportion of vehicles and trucks of great tonnage, the speed of the path and the safety distance kept by drivers with respect to the car ahead of you.
Video: what is a jam when there is no apparent reason?
The funny thing is that this simulator offers a vision very similar to that which I already mentioned recently in our article, recalling a classic video of some japanese researchers who set out to find a mathematical model to predict traffic jams and put it into practice with a field test. A test in which, again, factors such as the distance of security and the capacity of anticipation of the drivers, so that the prime maintain a constant speed and to avoid situations such as the effect accordion, in which the car slows a lot your speed and forces those who follow him to do the same.
Situations it probably would be avoided, or reduced, if the drivers take a series of precautions, and good habits of driving in traffic jams, passing through do not change lanes unless it is necessary to take the next exit, to keep a distance of security and a loose-fitting, and a speed constant and uniform in the extent possible.