A detailed description of a hierarchical system management concept that can operate a large automated guideway transporttion system while maintaining achievable communication, vehicle control, and network management requirements is presented. The concept employs “smart” vehicle controllers which require minimal instructions from the network controller and can operate autonomously in case of a failure in either the network management system or the communication system. Wayside-to-vehicle communication requirements for the smart vehicle are determined and compared to those of a passive vehicle system. The economic consequences imposed by the smart vehicle's additional onboard equipment on the owners of the privately owned automated highway (AHS) vehicles are discussed. System-owned communication and control packages are recommended to make the economics of the concept favorable, even for the occasional AHS user.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Automotive Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Applied Mathematics