THE SHUTTLE HIGHWAY SYSTEM: A NEW DIRECTION FOR SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE OF THE AHS

The conventional road-vehicle system has many serious problems: environmental destruction, traffic congestion, accidents, and high construction and maintenance costs. The introduction of the intelligent vehicle-highway system (IVHS) may help to alleviate some of these problems; however, IVHS is still based on the conventional system and is not an essentially new concept. To overcome the fundamental problems explained above, and to improve the quality of human life in general, it is necessary to develop a completely new road-vehicle system--one that is faster, safer, more comfortable, less costly, more environmentally friendly, and easily integrated with the existing transportation systems. The basic concept of the Shuttle Highway System (SHS) is the electromagnetic connection between road and vehicle by the automated intelligent pallet vehicle (IPV). The driver still maintains control over the vehicle; however, in contrast with the conventional road-vehicle system, it is now the road rather than the vehicle that provides the driving power. Also, the vehicle is no longer "driven" in the conventional sense, but is rather transported automatically to its destination following the instructions of the driver. The various systems necessary to accomplish this objective--the IPV-road, driving motor, merging and diverging lanes, mode interchanges and vehicle fixation system--are each examined in this study. The SHS makes possible automatic, condensed, super high-speed, exhaust-free vehicle transportation. It uses narrower roads with fewer lanes, resulting in construction costs that are less than those of the conventional system. This new-generation road system promises to revolutionize the entire vehicle transportation system.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Five volumes of papers and one volume of abstracts comprise the published set of conference materials.
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    TORANOMOM 34 MORI BUILDING 1-25-5
    TORANOMON, MINATOKU, TOKYO 105  Japan 
  • Authors:
    • Minakami, M
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  • Publication Date: 1995-11

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 2203

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00724477
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 5
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1996 12:00AM