This report discusses technology and safety related to the implementation of an Automated Mixed Traffic Vehicle (AMTV) System. An AMTV system is one which follows a buried cable and is used in areas that require low-speed vehicles. The purpose of this study is to review the technology used in an AMTV system, to identify areas where further development is required or desirable, and to conduct a safety analysis on an AMTV system. The results are intended as a guide for further efforts in AMTV system design and technology for both near and long-term applications. The systems discussed include a low-speed system and a hybrid system which can operate at the low speed and at a higher speed within a protected right-of-way. The low-speed system is a candidate for a near-term demonstration and can be used in pedestrian malls, large campuses, and recreational parks. The hybrid system may have application, after further development, on urban streets, in airports, or in situations where longer distances may be involved. The report describes a comprehensive safety analysis which was conducted to examine potential hazards caused by hardware failure and by events unrelated to hardware failure. Corrective and preventive actions in terms of modification or operational procedures are suggested. The major findings are that development using current technology will make it possible to demostrate a low-speed AMTV system in 2 to 5 years. With a prudent, fail-safe design, and appropriate right-of-way protection, the system can operate safely in an environment containing pedestians. /UMTA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Drive
    Pasadena, CA  United States  91103
  • Authors:
    • Johnston, A R
    • Peng, TKC
    • Vivian, H C
    • Wang, P K
  • Publication Date: 1978-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 126 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184579
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-CA-06-0088-78-1Final Rpt., JPL Pub 78-12
  • Contract Numbers: UMTA-CA-06-0088
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1982 12:00AM