Science MIT Works to Solve Traffic Jam Problem Shane McGlaun (Blog) - June 10, 2009 11:06 AM MIT mathematicians model traffic jams like detonation waves Most drivers have been stuck in a traffic jam at one point or another. Some of the jams are caused by an accident or closed lanes. Other traffic jams crop up with seemingly no reason. A group of mathematicians at MIT is working on the development of a new model to explain how and why these so-call phantom traffic jams form. According to the researchers, these types of phantom traffic jams form when there are a lot of cars on the road and small disturbances like a driver hitting the brakes too hard or getting too close to another car. These little disturbances can escalate into a self-sustaining traffic jam. The model developed by the team of researchers may help road designers build roads to minimize the possibility of phantom traffic jams. The key to the study is the discovery that the mathematics of these jams called jamitons are very similar to the equations used to describe the detonation waves produced by explosions. The discovery of the jamitons allowed the researchers to solve traffic jam equations first theorized in the 1950's. The equations are reportedly similar to those used in fluid mechanics and model traffic jams as self-sustaining waves. The equations allowed the researchers to calculate the conditions that case a jamitons to form and how fast the jamiton will spread. According to the researchers, once this type of jamiton forms it is nearly impossible to break up and a driver’s only choice is to wait the jamiton out. The researchers say that the new model can help road designers to determine speed limits that are safer and find stretches of road where accidents are more likely. One of the researchers, Aslan Kasimov, said, "We wanted to describe this using a mathematical model similar to that of fluid flow." Kasimov and his team say that they discovered that jamitons have a sonic point that separates traffic flow into upstream and downstream components. Communication of the cause of the jamiton to drivers it the downstream segment of traffic is impossible say the researchers. "We’re Apple. We don’t wear suits. We don’t even own suits." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs Latest Headlines PIQ ROBOTTM reveals its new artificial intelligence software November 29, 2016, 12:59 AM One more time - Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone Around the World November 24, 2016, 4:00 AM Google’s Smart Contact Lens Project gets halted for 2016 November 20, 2016, 7:00 AM Cell Research Study shows African Americans have greater immune response to infection November 10, 2016, 1:00 AM UTHealth Clinical Trial Shows Progress Using Stem Cells to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury November 8, 2016, 1:00 AM Uber Partners with Circulation to Pilot Program Connecting Transportation and Digital Health Care November 6, 2016, 5:00 AM Most Popular ArticlesGigabit Are you looking for an Ultra Compact board?February 22, 2017, 6:30 AMDell XPS 13 Touch – Rose Gold EditionFebruary 23, 2017, 7:29 AMASUS ROG Maximus IX - Among the Best of the BestFebruary 21, 2017, 7:50 AMComparison: Tag Heuer Connected Modular VS Samsung Gear S3February 20, 2017, 7:20 AMXiaomi Mi Note 2 – This Chinese Phablet is the BestFebruary 24, 2017, 7:25 AM Latest Blog Posts Gaming News of The Day Saimin Nidarson - Feb 28, 2017, 6:56 AM How much Ram do you need for gaming? Saimin Nidarson - Feb 27, 2017, 6:00 AM Interesting News of the Day Saimin Nidarson - Feb 25, 2017, 7:37 AM AMD and More Saimin Nidarson - Feb 24, 2017, 5:55 AM News Saimin Nidarson - Feb 23, 2017, 6:30 AM Health News Saimin Nidarson - Feb 21, 2017, 6:12 AM Here is how startups are helping new parents in raising children Saimin Nidarson - Feb 20, 2017, 6:45 AM Around the World Saimin Nidarson - Feb 18, 2017, 5:48 AM News of Future Saimin Nidarson - Feb 17, 2017, 6:30 AM Amazon parachutes May Float Packages to Customers Elroy Bethell - Feb 16, 2017, 8:00 AM Now you Can Watch Facebook on Your TV Elroy Bethell - Feb 15, 2017, 7:42 AM Some News Saimin Nidarson - Feb 14, 2017, 5:36 AM Razer Blade Stealth – Little Kaby Lake Powerhouse Elroy Bethell - Feb 13, 2017, 7:50 AM Apple iPhone 8 – OLED Display & Wireless Charging Elroy Bethell - Feb 11, 2017, 8:09 AM What's New? Saimin Nidarson - Feb 10, 2017, 6:15 AM Unleashed News Saimin Nidarson - Feb 9, 2017, 6:00 AM Eye catching news Saimin Nidarson - Feb 8, 2017, 6:16 AM Some World News Saimin Nidarson - Feb 7, 2017, 6:15 AM Today’s news Saimin Nidarson - Feb 6, 2017, 10:11 AM Some News Saimin Nidarson - Feb 5, 2017, 7:27 AM
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