Aerial observations of moving synchronized flow patterns in over-saturated city traffic

In this work, moving synchronized flow patterns (MSP) in empirical city traffic at signals have been observed which was predicted by Kerner (2013, 2014). The single vehicle data has been obtained through aerial observations. Based on this microscopic data, the authors have found trajectories for all vehicles together with vehicle speeds as functions of time and space. This has allowed the authors to find empirical MSPs in oversaturated city traffic as well as to perform microscopic analysis, that revealed the following empirical spatiotemporal features of MSPs: (i) MSPs emerge upstream of the queue at the signal and then they can propagate through the complete road section, (ii) merging of several MSPs into a single MSP, (iii) dissolving MSPs and (iv) spontaneous emerging of MSPs faraway upstream of the signal, (v) spontaneous emerging of moving queue within an MSP that is far away upstream of the signal. As a base for this work, the authors used an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to record videos of inner city traffic situations and supervised tracking methods to gather the vehicle trajectories.


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  • Accession Number: 01661082
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 5 2018 11:30AM