PRELIMINARY SYSTEM OBJECTIVES AND CHARACTERISTICS FOR AN AUTOMATED HIGHWAY SYSTEM (AHS) IN THE UNITED STATES

Before an automated highway system (AHS) can be specified, designed, tested, and built, the overall goals of the AHS must be defined. This paper provides the overall objectives and characteristics of an AHS, balancing the needs of users and other stakeholders. These objectives and characteristics will be used to guide the AHS Program and the National Automated Highway System Consortium in performing its mission. Recent research in automated highways has clearly indicated that automated vehicle control technology offers major improvement in the safety and efficiency of existing highways. With this in mind, Congress directed the Secretary of Transportation to enhance and focus the nation's research on fully automated intelligent vehicle-highway systems. The AHS Program is a government-industry-academia collaboration to apply automated vehicle control technology to the United States highway system to greatly improve the safety, mobility, and quality of highway travel. The efficiency of the automated highway is expected to help conserve energy resources and contribute to a sustainable future transportation system. The deployment of AHS is intended to support community economic development and land use planning goals, and to be compatible with urban air quality goals. In most cases, these improvements will be made using the existing highway infrastructure.

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    • Five volumes of papers and one volume of abstracts comprise the published set of conference materials.
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  • Authors:
    • Faulconer, W
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  • Publication Date: 1995-11

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 2507

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00726054
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 5
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 13 1996 12:00AM