Saturday, May 16, 2009
Operation of an automated car
An automated car can move from one point to another on a lane, without the need for a driver. It needs the following:
1. A dedicated lane, preferably elevated. The lane can be of smaller width than a light rail system, as the automated car is smaller than a train that carries many more passengers.
2. Sensors to detect the distance to a car or object in front. This allows the brake to be applied to slow down or stop the car and avoid collision.
3. A computer system in the car to input the destination stop and to guide the car directly to the destination. The car is able to its location as it travels along the lane.
4. A by-way at each stop for the car to use, so that it does not obstruct the cars that are bypassing the stop.
5. The cars should be electrically operated. Batteries can be changed when it is more than 80% consumed. The car can automatically go to the battery changing station when it reaches this point.
I see such a system being developed and deployed within 10 years.