Traffic Flow Visualization

Effective visualization plays a key role in comprehending a complex dataset such as traffic volume at the scale of a city. These unique visualizations depict the typical morning rush hour traffic volume and speed in Greater Toronto Region, Ontario, Canada.

The Visualization

These visualizations are driven by a traffic simulation that uses traffic counts taken at intersections to estimate incoming and outgoing traffic flow.

The width of dashed lines relate to traffic volume: thicker lines indicate more traffic. The colour of the dashed lines and rate of movement relate to traffic speed: green traffic is fast, amber is moderate, and red is slow. The dashed lines move in the direction of traffic flow, and individual lanes are represented.


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Collaborators

We would like to thank Transportation Research Institute at the University of Toronto for providing us with raw data for this experiment.