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Safe Sharing of Separated Light Rail Networks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244807D
Publication Date: 2016-Jan-18
Document File: 4 page(s) / 78K

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Abstract

This invention reduces road transport network congestion and average travel time by allowing autonomous cars onto the separated Light Rail Network in order to use the available capacity of the separated Light Rail Network.

This is done in a safe and controlled manner while giving priority to the Light Rail vehicle including:

¡¤ Bunching and interleaving sets of remote controlled cars with Light Rail in a separated public transport network ¡¤ Imposed hierarchy of autonomous vehicles

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Safe Sharing of Separated Light Rail Networks

Metropolitan road traffic networks are becoming increasingly congested and there is often little or no physical space or capital budget available to expand the capacity of congested roads in the network.

At the same time in many metropolitan areas there are separate public transport networks for Light Rail vehicles (or trains or trams) where a carriage (or set of carriages) transports a set of people between stations or stops in the public transport network.

While the frequency of Light Rail vehicles varies, the time between Light Rail vehicles is often minutes and this time represents unused capacity in the separated public transport network.

Tram networks often have surfaces of concrete or bitumen on which a private car could drive however private cars are not allowed on Light Rail networks for safety reasons and to allow the Light Rail unimpeded movement.

The fundamental problem is the road network requires more capacity while the separated public transport network has unused capacity.

This invention reduces road transport network congestion and average travel time by allowing autonomous cars onto the separated Light Rail Network in order to use the available capacity of the separated Light Rail Network.

This is done in a safe and controlled manner while giving priority to the Light Rail vehicle.

The cars are private vehicles:

Autonomous and able to be remotely controlled in a safe fashion

Staged at an entry point allowing entry onto the driveable separate public transport network

Bunched and driven onto the public transport network after a light rail vehicle has passed

Directed ie driven off the light rail network and back onto the roads or into a holding area to enable the higher priority light rail vehicle to pass if needed

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Drivers specify their destination or exit point from the public transport network

Bunched together at high speed during moveme...