Research Rest-Stop | What Causes Traffic Gridlock?
September 21, 2011
Every Wednesday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) highlights some interesting research related to or highlights innovations in transportation, sustainability or energy. This week we highlight some research by Boris Kerner of the Daimler Automotive Group in Germany who explains the physics of traffic gridlock in a city. What Kerner shows is that the choice of a single driver, whether or not to enter an intersection at a given point, has a huge impact on how traffic flows regardless of how heavy it is.