JRM Vol.13 No.4 pp. 419-425
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2001.p0419


Traffic Flow Simulator by Multiagent

Hitoshi Tsunashima, Yasukazu Nishi, Takashi Honjyo, Hiroyuki Kaku and Takuji Sakai

College of Industrial Technology, Nihon University, 1-2-1 Izumicho, Narashino-shi, Chiba 275-8575, Japan

December 29, 2000
May 16, 2001
August 20, 2001
traffic flow, multiagent, simulation, vehicle dynamics
Several methods have been proposed for investigating complex traffic flows. However, the dynamics of vehicles and their drivers' characteristics, which are important factors for any traffic flow analysis, have not been considered sufficiently enough in the past. This paper describes a new concept for simulating complex traffic flows by multiple agents. The agents are considered as a kind of artificial life (A-Life), and their behaviors are independently based on their own knowledge. Drivers, vehicles, roads, and the traffic environment, which are essential elements in our simulation, are defined as the agents. The combination of the driver agent and the vehicle agent work based on the drivers' fields of vision and their unique individual characteristics. The road agent communicates with the vehicle agent in regard to its velocity and position. The effectiveness of our new method for modeling a traffic flow is shown by a simulation study.
Cite this article as:
H. Tsunashima, Y. Nishi, T. Honjyo, H. Kaku, and T. Sakai, “Traffic Flow Simulator by Multiagent,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.13 No.4, pp. 419-425, 2001.
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