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. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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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: Digital/other
  • 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