“Automated People Movers (APM) are a ‘guided’ transit mode with fully automated (driverless) operation, featuring (computer-controlled) vehicles that operate on dedicated guide-ways. APM systems are designed to replace or supplement existing traditional transportation systems and networks.
Automated People Movers replacing traditional systems often adhere to the same concept: mass transit with a line-haul configuration. Typical examples are found at airports and include the VAL-system in France and the Docklands Light rail in London. Although mass transit is an effective solution for large passenger flows between major nodes, distribution from these nodes to more distant locations within the network is rarely facilitated
Main reasons to consider these type of automated systems is the reduced operational and life cycle costs. Electronically guided people movers, such as marketed by 2getthere, minimize the capital costs of the infrastructure in comparison to rail-guided systems. The automated system provides an improved service to the passengers: 24hr transportation, on-demand or at a high frequency. Cities benefit from reduction of car traffic, congestion and the environmentally friendly character of the transportation system. To (real estate) developers and resorts the system presents the possibility to reduce space wasted for non-value added activities (such as parking) by connecting locations and optimizing land use.
PRT System Summary:
|System Capacity (4 second headway):||3.200 – 4.800 passengers per hour|
|Economically viable from:||Approx. 300 p/phour or 1500 p/pday|
|Supervisory System (Network Controls):||TOMS (Transit Operations Monitoring and Supervision)|
|Vehicles:||6 passenger CyberCab|
|Infrastructure:||Asphalt, at grade or elevated|
|Status:||Engineering 2nd generation completed|
|Operations:||On-demand / On-schedule|
|Connections:||Direct / Ride-sharing (Single Origin, Multiple Destinations)|
|Propulsion:||Central AC motor, differential rear axle|
|Energy supply:||Electric or Hybrid|
|Maximum speed:||40 km/h [25m/ph]|