The transport concept AUTOSHUTTLE proposed for high traffic density corridors unifies:
busses and lorries each singly enter an individual transparent transport
cabin. The cabin automatically accelerates to the constant travelling speed
of 180 km/h. Having reached this speed trains with little air resistance
are formed in order to achieve a very low energy consumption.
There is not timetable but almost continuous service. The user indicates his individual destination. A change of the destination is possible at any time during the trip. Travelling cost is lower than if the user had driven to his destination on an ordinary road. The fare is charged to a credit card during the trip. Entrance and exit points are as frequent as on an ordinary motorway. The train passes intermediate exits before the final destination is reached without loss of time.
At the final exit the cabin switches out of the train and is breaked automatically. The road vehicles leave the cabin in forward direction and continue to the individual destination without any additional stop. From an AUTOSHUTTLE trip length of 12 km onwards AUTOSHUTTLE is the fastest door-to-door means of mass transport.
feasibility is demonstrated based on the conception presented in the main
part of this document. A magnetic levitation configuration which is very
well suited for AUTOSHUTTLE has been realized
as a prototype at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany (see
figure).The configuration excells by low wear and tear and low energy consumption.
Transport of a passenger car by AUTOSHUTTLE is related to the equivalent fuel consumption of 2,3 l Diesel carburant per 100 km only. The figure for a 40 t lorry is 13 l Diesel per 100 km. Emissions and raw material consumption are very low. There is almost no noise emission. Comfort is better than when driving in the road vehicle on a ordinary motorway. Specific space consumption is considerably lower and traffic capacity is much higher than for an ordinary motorway. The line could be built at the centre of an existing motorway. Between two and four lanes of the motorway would then be converted to AUTOSHUTTLE. The remaining lanes would however be sufficient for the remaining conventional traffic. In this way Autoshuttle can be built with almost no new space requirements.
As compared to telematic controlled road vehicles travelling on ordinary roads AUTOSHUTTLE excells by enhanced safety, environmental friendliness, speed and financiability. A finance study for the corridor Duisburg-Köln in Germany demonstrates an exceptionally high profit for a private builder and operator company of AUTOSHUTTLE. There is no need for subventions. Profits are achievable with short AUTOSHUTTLE lines already.