Dynamic behavior of strings of automated transit vehicles

William L. Garrard, Reggie Caudill

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This paper examines the effects of spacing policy and control system design on the dynamic response of strings of automated transit vehicles operating under vehicle-follower control. Constant-separation, constant-time-headway and constant-safety-factor spacing policies are implemented and their operational implications are discussed. The dynamic response of a string of five vehicles during speed changing, merging, emergency stopping, and failed-vehicle pushing is examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSAE Technical Papers
StatePublished - Dec 1 1977
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Pollution
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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