Simulating realistic lane changes in two-lane traffic

Many urban areas worldwide are now rapidly expanding, often with major negative impacts on traffic congestion. To address this issue, researchers have constructed models aiming to simulate the flow of traffic—but so far, they haven’t widely considered the impacts of drivers changing lanes. In a new study published in The European Physical Journal B, Nikita Madaan and Sapna Sharma at the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, India, show how the lane-changing behaviors observed in real drivers can be incorporated into simulations of two-lane roads.

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