Towards a new mobility concept for cities: Architecture & programming of semi-autonomous electric vehicles

Rui Rocha, Jorge Dias, A. Cunha, J. Varandas

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Abstract

This article focus on Cybernetic Transport Systems (CTS) due to their effectiveness for solving mobility problems in cities. A new mobility concept is proposed which allows to attain the same flexibility of the private passenger car but with much less nuisances. It is based on small semiautonomous electric vehicles, which may be used to complement mass public transportation, by providing passenger service for any location at any time. A set of automatic guided vehicles for public transportation are described. Two different control paradigms of the fleet are compared: centralized vs. decentralized control. The pros and cons of both control approaches are highlighted so as to support decisions about the configuration of a CTS. The article provides a new offer of transport to city authorities in order to move towards sustainable and efficient public transportation systems.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th IASTED International Conference on Robotics and Applications, RA 2006
Pages96-101
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2006
Event12th IASTED International Conference on Robotics and Applications, RA 2006 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: 14 Aug 200616 Aug 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Robotics and Applications
ISSN (Print)1027-264X

Conference

Conference12th IASTED International Conference on Robotics and Applications, RA 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI
Period14/08/0616/08/06

Keywords

  • Automatic guided vehicles
  • Cybernetic transportation systems
  • Fleet control

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