car-following theory

car-following theory

[′kär‚fäl·ə·wiŋ ‚thē·ə·rē]
(engineering)
A mathematical model of the interactions between motor vehicles in terms of relative speed, absolute speed, and separation.
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For example, the car-following theory could comprise the next-nearest neighbour effect in various lattice models, whereas optimal-velocity models give us an opportunity to model different situations, for example interacting vehicles having different characteristics (car and truck) or vehicles with different desired and optimal speeds.