An Invitation to a New Transportation Mode

Tyler C. Folsom


Transportation, Automotives, Vehicle telematics, Traffic telematics, Fuel efficiency


The trends of Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) and Automated Highways are converging. The result may be a new transportation mode built around robotic vehicles. This paper outlines how technology can transform transportation, making it more convenient, safer, more sustainable and less subject to congestion. Such a system could utilize existing infrastructure, but split highway lanes in half with vehicles less than a meter wide. This paper presents lessons from several relevant vehicles that the author's research teams have worked on. It describes open source work in progress and invites participation from other researchers.

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