This overview which includes a representative listing of reported efforts in this field, encompasses a discussion of control concepts and approaches applicable to other classes of individual automated ground transport. Relevant information on the modeling of vehicle dynamics is also included. Three categories of control are discussed: steady-state, constant-speed control with respect to some type of reference; organization between traffic stream interaction points; merging, existing, or station operations or all of these. Two general approaches toward achieving control in the categories have been advocated: synchronous control; and the asynchronous approach, the following are essential: either explicity account for the nonlinearities that are invariably present or in some manner "cancel" their effects; evaluate the effects of large paramter variations in the selected model; be aware of, and properly account for acceleration capabilities of a vehicle and how these change with speed. The need is indicated for the development of a suitably economical and reliable reference system for providing vehicle controllers with high-quality rate control information.

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    • This paper appears in Dual Mode Transportation, which is a publication containing the proceedings of a conference conducted by the Transportation Research Board, May 29-31, 1974.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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    • Fenton, Robert E
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  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 119-122
  • Monograph Title: Dual-mode transportation
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  • Accession Number: 00149268
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 15 1977 12:00AM