Stabilizing Traffic via Autonomous Vehicles: A Continuum Mean Field Game Approach

Kuang Huang, Xuan Di, Qiang Du, Xi Chen

This paper presents scalable traffic stability analysis for both pure autonomous vehicle (AV) traffic and mixed traffic based on continuum traffic flow models. Human vehicles are modeled by a non-equilibrium traffic flow model, i.e., Aw-Rascle-Zhang (ARZ), which is unstable. AVs are modeled by the mean field game which assumes AVs are rational agents with anticipation capacities. It is shown from linear stability analysis and numerical experiments that AVs help stabilize the traffic. Further, we quantify the impact of AV's penetration rate and controller design on the traffic stability. The results may provide insights for AV manufacturers and city planners.

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