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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 124908, 8 pages
Research Article

An Extended Non-Lane-Based Optimal Velocity Model with Dynamic Collaboration

The Key Laboratory of Embedded System and Service Computing of Ministry of Education, Tongji University, Shanghai 201804, China

Received 15 November 2012; Revised 1 February 2013; Accepted 1 February 2013

Academic Editor: Valentina E. Balas

Copyright © 2013 Zhipeng Li and Run Zhang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Incorporating the effects of the lane width in traffic, in this paper, we propose a dynamical model based on the strategy of three-vehicle cooperation driving. We obtain the smoother acceleration distribution in the new model through considering the dynamic collaboration with the nearest preceding vehicle and the nearest following vehicle. It is proved that the stability of the new model is greatly improved compared to the early non-lane-based car following model by using the linear stability theory. We find that when the parameter of lateral separation distance is identified, the amplitude of traffic congestion decreases with increasing the strength of dynamic collaboration in the simulation experiments. In addition, we apply the new extended model to simulate the motions of cars starting from a traffic signal and the dissipating of the traffic congestion; it is found that our new model can predict realistic delay time and kinematic wave speed and obtained a faster dissipation speed of traffic congestion than the traffic flow model without considering the dynamic collaboration.