THE COMBI-ROAD CONTROL SYSTEM

Combi-Road is a container transport system in which unmanned vehicles go continuously but separately along specially designed tracks keeping a set distance from each other. Each unmanned vehicle is electrically powered and pulls a railway wagon or a (semi-) trailer along the track. Depending on the previous and onward routes of the container, its carrier is selected to prevent a break in the connection to road or rail transport. Combi-Road offers a light track construction, low noise levels, and a low environmental impact. Combi-Road needs to be fitted with an advanced automatic control system, because the vehicles will be unmanned. This automatic control system will manage the entire transportation process, including the processing of customer orders, trip planning, traffic control, and the exchange on the interchange points. In addition, it will contain all necessary fault detection and management functions. This paper will focus on the system design, the first prototypes, and the entire development process. The Combi-Road concept could be applied anywhere that container flows need to be transported for short or medium distances. The first track of 43 km is projected in the Rotterdam area in the Netherlands and is planned to be operational in 2004. Before this first track can be constructed, the completely new Combi-Road concept has to be tested in practice using a 2-km pilot track starting in 1996. Initial small scale trials will begin in late 1995.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Five volumes of papers and one volume of abstracts comprise the published set of conference materials.
  • Corporate Authors:

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    TORANOMOM 34 MORI BUILDING 1-25-5
    TORANOMON, MINATOKU, TOKYO 105  Japan 
  • Authors:
    • VAN DER HEIJDEN, B
    • HEERE, E
    • Jongejan, M
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1995-11

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 887

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00722008
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 2
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 22 1996 12:00AM