NEXT-GENERATION VEHICLES (BREAKOUT SESSION)

Participants of the breakout session on next-generation vehicles split into four subgroups to discuss personal motor vehicles, aerospace vehicles, trucks and buses, and rail vehicles. The personal motor vehicles subgroup's discussion focused on the National Science and Technology Council's Strategic Implementation Plan and the following changes were recommended: add Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) Goal 2, which is to implement commercially viable innovation from ongoing research on conventional vehicles, for incremental improvements; add the need for long-range research and development (R&D); and include energy storage technologies. The aerospace subgroup also focused on the Strategic Implementation Plan, agreeing that the plan, in general, represents a valid statement of objectives for aerospace R&D. However, the following deficiencies were noted: the plan does not include any requirement for the development of new wind tunnel facilities; the plan does not place sufficient emphasis on the need to maintain aerospace R&D programs during the current economic downturn and in light of the downsizing of aerospace organizations; and the plan does not sufficiently emphasize air traffic control. The trucks and buses subgroup believed that these vehicles should not be grouped together for discussion or R&D activities, and that the Strategic Implementation Plan does not adequately discuss trucks or buses. The subgroup agreed that the bus industry requires targeted R&D, specifically with regard to designing lightweight vehicles using aerospace materials, and that the cost of several components used in U.S. buses needs to be addressed. The rail vehicles subgroup discussed the close linkage of railcars to the infrastructure, railcar weight and opportunities for reducing it, rail safety at grade crossings, the use of alternative fuels in locomotives and electrification as opportunities for energy and air quality improvements, and the need for R&D in the heavy-haul freight and intermodal container areas.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: p. 70-73
  • Monograph Title: FORUM ON FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN TRANSPORTATION R&D, WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 6-7, 1995
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00713057
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309061679
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 20 1995 12:00AM