Microsimulation of Road Traffic

MicrosimulationThis is a bit old, but I just discovered it this weekend, so it's new to me: Over at Dresden's Institute of Technology, they have an applet which performs a microsimulation of road traffic. While this sounds about as fun as sitting in regular traffic, it actually has a "Sims"-type feel to it, meaning that there is a great amount of enjoyment to be had from the process of making all the (simulated) people in these little cars late for dinner, then releasing them from the perils of gridlock.

The idea of traffic engineering has always fascinated me. While this doesn't explain any of the concepts behind it, I think it shows that there's a little bit more to traffic than just the chaos and randomness we think there is.

Hit the Link to check it out.

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In 2000 and 2001, University of Minnesota Computer Science undergrads in two different courses were coding and running traffic simulations because Minneapolis had just added metered on-ramps to the freeway system.
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