Comments are made (based on discussions and surveys made in the parcel, light air cargo, and passenger demand-responsive transportation systems) on the need for, and the design and use of a diversified-use vehicle (DUV). The DUV is a vehicle that can be used for the ground transportation of one or more of the following: able-bodied passengers, handicapped persons, local parcel delivery, and light air-cargo parcels. The desirable vehicle design was identified as a van type vehicle that had the driver in front, a luggage and cargo carriage in the rear compartment over a rear-mounted power plant and transmission. To these must be added the safety dicates of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The vehicle will incorporate the following basic points; unitized construction; 116-in. wheel base; front-wheel power steering; free-float suspension on all 4 wheels of a 4-wheeled vehicle; conventional oil over air suspension; 4-doors; power disc brakes for all 4 wheels and 12-in. rotors; 15-in. steel wheels and medium profile tires; 6-cylinder gasoline engine coupled to a 3-speed automatic transmission; bolt-on panels where possible and none if unitized construction; capacity for a maximum of driver and 6 forward-facing passengers; capacity for at least 500 lb of cargo in addition to passengers; and rear-mounted power plant and transmission.

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    • Presented at the Fifth Annual International Conference on Demand-Responsive Transportation Systems conducted by the TRB, Nov. 11-13, 1974, Oakland, Calif.; and co-sponsored by American Public Transit Association, California DOT, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit, MIT, UMTA and Technology Sharing Program of U.S. DOT.
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  • Authors:
    • Davidson, John H
  • Discussers:
    • Wood, Irving
    • Swanson, Ronald
    • Lutes, Gerald
    • Smith, Dan
    • Grant, Susan
    • McGill, Jim
    • Lucchesi, Anthony
    • Connor, David
    • Schneider, Robert A
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  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 79-81
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  • Accession Number: 00126173
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1981 12:00AM