Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems

Automated Guided Vehicle Systems

People Movers and Bus Rapid Transit Systems

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Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems

Advanced Vehicle Control Systems


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Engineers are working on ways to automate highways using telecommunications, sensors, and new electronic technologies to guide vehicles traveling on the roads. They are looking both at ways to better management traffic and to control individual vehicles.

Researchers have observed that a parked vehicle only requires 175 square feet (16 square meters), yet a moving vehicle requires more than 5,000 square feet of space (465 square meters). Traffic engineers state that the maximum capacity of one lane of a highway is 2,000 automobiles per hour. This is because of the amount of space required for driver reaction time. When a driver is in complete control of the vehicle, he or she must allow space to have time to react to changing situations and to avoid any accidents. Humans are also less precise than a computer would be able to consistently be.

heavy traffic Automated vehicle guidance systems would allow cars to travel much closer together and therefore dramatically increase highway capacity. Engineers also note that cars would most likely be able to travel at much higher speeds as well, decreasing the time spent commuting. Optimistic estimates say that highways could be up to five times more efficient with vehicle guidance systems in place.
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