Accession Number:

AD0601258

Title:

FORCED MERGING IN TRAFFIC

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY OPERATIONS RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1964-01-15

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

A vehicle waiting at an intersection of a major road forces an entry into the main-stream traffic by requiring the oncoming traffic to slow down. Assuming that the main-stream traffic can be described as a renewal process, the paper examines the resulting disturbance which the forced entry creates in the main stream. After showing that it is formally equivalent to a busy period problem, explicit results are obtained in the case of Poisson traffic. It is shown that there is a minimal main-stream headway which should be forced in order to maximize the rate of entry into the major road by many waiting vehicles. Finally, two measures of accident potential are discussed.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE