APM and Other Driverless Systems for Integrated Urban Planning and Sustainability

This paper provides an overview of how automated people movers (APMs) and other driverless systems integrate with other forms of transit and how they support sustainability and smart growth. Cities today face the challenges of increased traffic congestion and tighter budgets. Urban planners are increasingly facing the demand of planning infrastructure with sustainability and energy savings in mind. Mobility, as one of the key components for urban planning, is increasingly demanded as a result of demographic changes. In addition, the travelling public is more concerned than ever with the environmental impact of their transport choices. Transit users are demanding more integrated systems, user-friendly interfaces and improved services. APM and other driverless systems have played key roles in the sustainable development of airports and cities. This paper discusses how various forms of driverless systems integrate with other forms of transit systems, and why driverless systems should increasingly become transportation solutions for urban planners in the planning of tomorrow's mobility network. Bombardier, as a pioneer of driverless systems, has been enthusiastically embracing these economic and environmental trends. Its products are designed with sustainable mobility in mind. Its R&D is increasingly focusing on those goals. Key features of Bombardier's driverless systems, such as fully automated unattended operation, short trains with frequent service, low weight, optimized energy consumption, high reliability and availability, and the use of recyclable materials all support the goal of sustainable mobility. Various aspects of transit planning such as route selection, transit technology selection, extension/expansion plans, and procurement method all have direct impacts on capital costs, operational costs and energy consumption. Today there are various forms of driverless systems available for policy-makers/planners to choose from to achieve the optimized results that will ultimately benefit customers/citizens.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 313-325
  • Monograph Title: Automated People Movers and Transit Systems 2013: Half a Century of Automated Transit—Past, Present, and Future

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01545945
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784412862
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Nov 19 2014 3:02PM