Thursday, November 5, 2009

Amazing facts-Phileas BRT

The Phileas BRT (Bus Rapid Transport) vehicle, developed by the Dutch company Advanced Public Transport Systems (APTS) can drive itself automatically on a dedicated track as well as being manually driven on normal roads. The Phileas system is already in use since 2004. A hybrid-electric drive makes the vehicle up to 30 per cent more fuel efficient than other buses of comparable size.In semi-automatic mode the driver accelerates and brakes manually, while the vehicle steers itself. In automatic mode all three functions are performed by the vehicle with speeds up to 70 kilometres per hour (44 mph).

amazing-factsAn electronic guidance system is following the magnetic markers mounted every 4 to 5 metres in the road surface for reference. If deviations of more than half a metre (1.6 ft) occur, either in automatic or semi-automatic mode, the vehicle is automatically stopped.This is a follow up to my recent post about the Hwy. 2 BRT. I made mention of the Phileas Bus Rapid Transit system in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. Below you will find three videos about the Phileas BRT. They are well worth taking the time to view them.


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