Field trips

Traffic flow experiment, Leeds

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Masters students are invited to take part in a practical experiment using bumper cars, which takes place every December in Leeds city centre. Students are invited to apply their knowledge of vehicle flow theory learned in lectures to a fun, interactive activity.

Guided by an academic member of staff, students drive the cars around a track and on each new lap another car joins until the flow begins to stop and start and then the track becomes congested. After the experiment, students return to a computer cluster to analyse the vehicle flow experienced in comparison to congestion as seen on motorways and road networks.