The first traffic accident has happened more than 115 years ago in United Kingdom. The first human to be victim of a through means of transport provoked accident was a 44-years old woman named Bridget Driscoll. The vehicle that has … Continue reading
More than 210,000 people conquered the Guenther-Klotz open air leisure complex on July 20 and had three days of great fun at the festival DAS FEST. Since 1985, the annual event, which is one of the largest open air festivals in Germany, has been an integral part of the entertainment programme of many residents of Karlsruhe. Not only numerous nationally and internationally known artists such as Deichkind, Culcha Candela or Bubble Beatz, but also PTV was involved in the event – with a new video.
The video is an animation created with our pedestrian simulation software PTV Viswalk explaining the process in the detached, front area of the main stage. Taking an active role in the development of this section, we had the chance to bring in our expertise in event planning, as last year. Another novelty was the application for smart phones (DAS Fest-App) by YellowMap AG, launched by the organizers. In addition to the festival program, the app also includes our simulation of entry and exit processes – as a result, each app user had the PTV Group on his or her mobile phone.
Our question of this week is dedicated to pedestrian simulation, or more precisely the Social Force Model which was inspired by Newton Dynamics and describes the interaction between pedestrians by mathematically formulating social and psychological impacts as forces. The question this time goes as follows:
Who was not involved in the development of the Social Force Model?
1. Prof. Dr. Dirk Helbing
2. Péter Molnár
3. Isaac Newton
Do you know the right answer? Go simply on www.the-mind-of-movement.de, select the correct answer and send it to us. We wish you lots of fun and good luck in winning the challenge!
Motivation for movement
Pedestrians move purposefully as a rule, meaning they walk at a desired speed toward their destination and they want to reach it as quickly as possible. The quickest route is often very similar to the shortest route. However, there are situations where this “rule” does not apply – the simplest of which is when a large group of pedestrians is doing a u-turn, for example. The “detour”, i.e. the larger radius, is then expected to be the faster solution.
PTV Viswalk is a pedestrian simulation tool specifically designed for realistic modelling of pedestrian behaviour. The underlying function is called “dynamic potential”.
Pedestrians crossing the road despite red light regardless of the traffic, cyclists using the opposite lane of the street and cars acting like they own the road being the “strongest” of all road users.
The New York traffic is rough and pretty much unhindered breaks almost all the rules of the road traffic regulations. One of the 12,370 crossings in New York has now been carefully observed by Ron Gabriel. The result is a video that demonstrates the daring maneuvers of car and bicycle riders and risky behaviour of pedestrians.
Background of the traffic monitoring: Ron Gabriel’s video recording is part of the “NYC Goes Three Ways” project to increase the safety on the streets of New York.
Do you want to simulate and plan an intersection like this? Then VISSIM is exactly the right tool for your projects.
The service pack 1 of VISSIM/VISWALK 5.40 also includes enhancements of the escalator/moving walkway feature:
- Pedestrians can now walk on escalators/moving walkways. Along with the percentage of pedestrians walking you can also define the pedestrian classes affected.
- For the location of the remaining (standing) pedestrians you can choose from left, right or random side.
- You can select different display types for balustrade, handrail and socket.
Simply switching between 2D and 3D. It’s fun and really easy with VISWALK: