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Congratulations, you have just been part of a phantom traffic jam or "jamiton" as it is called by Temple University mathematician Benjamin Seibold.
Much like a detonation wave from an explosion, a "jamiton" can ripple through the moving traffic, causing delays at numerous points quite a distance back from the origin of the initial traffic slow down.
The MIT researchers even came up with a name for this kind of gridlock - "jamiton."
In future studies, the team plans to look more detailed aspects of jamiton formation, including how the number of lanes affects the phantom traffic jams.
Variables such as traffic speed and traffic density are used to calculate the conditions under which a jamiton will form and how fast it will spread.