We consider a variant of the Hegselmann-Krause model of consensus formation where information between agents propagates with a finite speed c > 0. This leads to a system of ordinary differential equations (ODE) with state-dependent delay. Observing that the classical well-posedness theory for ODE systems does not apply, we provide a proof of global existence and uniqueness of solutions of the model. We prove that asymptotic consensus is always reached in the spatially one-dimensional setting of the model, as long as agents travel slower than c. We also provide sufficient conditions for asymptotic consensus in the spatially multidimensional setting.
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- Applied Mathematics