Title

AUTONOMOUS DIAL-A-RIDE TRANSIT INTRODUCTORY OVERVIEW

Authors

R B. Dial

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1995

Subject Area

operations - traffic, infrastructure - vehicle, mode - mass transit, mode - paratransit

Keywords

Trip generation, Transit, Traffic generation, Routing, Public transit, Paratransit services, Mass transit, Local transit, Dial a ride, AVCS, Autonomous vehicle navigation, Advanced vehicle control systems

Abstract

This paper introduces a modernized version of many-to-few dial-a-ride called autonomous dial-a-ride transit (ADART), which employs fully-automated order-entry and routing-and-scheduling systems that reside exclusively on board the vehicle. Here, "fully automated" means that under normal operation, the customer is the only human involved in the entire process of requesting a ride, assigning trips, scheduling arrivals and routing the vehicle. There are no telephone operators to receive calls, nor any central dispatchers to assign trips to vehicles. The vehicles' computers assign trip demands and plan routes optimally among themselves, and the drivers' only job is to obey instructions from their vehicle's computer. In effect, ADART vehicles behave like a swarm of ants accomplishing their chores.

Comments

Transportation Research Part C Home Page: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0968090X