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Modeling The Behavior Of Traffic Information Providers

M. Malchow, A. Kanafani and P. Varaiya

Institute of Transportation Studies, Research Reports, Working Papers, Proceedings from Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley

Abstract: This paper discusses two primary models which might be used to represent the locational behavior of traffic information providers. The characteristics which make traffic information unique as a service good are discussed and exploited in the models to show how the behavior of information providers might differ from that of firms in a traditional market. Questions are addressed regarding the clustering of competing providers and the efficiency of resulting output. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to a study regarding the future of the traffic information industry and the role of public financing versus private competition.

Keywords: Highway communications--Mathematical models; Route choice--Mathematical models; Traffic congestion--Mathematical models; Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems--Mathematical models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1997-01-01
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