ATRA News

This is a round up of the latest news related Personal Rapid Tramsport and Advanced Transport. If you would like to submit a news item please email news@atra.org

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (16)

July 13th, 2018

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by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President.

1991 – The Sixteenth Year.

Please click on link below for Year 16 history.

The History of the Advanced Transit Association Year 16 (1991)

The Fourth Martin Lowson Paper Award

June 25th, 2018

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The Fourth Martin Lowson Paper Award
A visionary, inventor and entrepreneur in modern ATN systems

ATRA fosters the development of automation and networking to advance the quality and sustainability of transportation, particularly for our urban areas.

The ATRA academic committee has instituted an annual paper award to recognize contributions in that area. The award, which is donated by the Lowson Familiy, has the objective to recognize high quality, original work that advances the thought and practice of fully-automated networked public-mobility systems.
The submitted work can consist in a Master thesis or a PhD thesis authored and/or published by students within the last 5 years. To qualify as a student, the person must be enrolled at a degree granting institution either at the time of the authorship or publication/presentation of the work, or time of submittal to the ATRA competition. The work can have been previously published as a paper or have received prior awards. The emphasis in the 2018 award is on Automated Transit Networks toward sustainable urban mobility.

The best paper will be presented at the Podcar City Conference 2018 (http://www.podcar.org/), where the winner receives a $500 reward, in addition to a sponsored conference participation.

Contact information: lowsonaward@advancedtransit.org

Rules of the competition:

1. Submit your thesis or paper to lowsonaward@advancedtransit.org by Friday, September 7, 2018.
2. ATRA will follow TRB guidelines for a blind peer review and selection process.
3. The authors will be notified by September 14, 2018.
4. The winner is required to present her/his work at the Podcar City Conference 2018. The participation at the conference will be free of charge and travel expenses up to $1000 will be refunded. The winner must submit her/his work as a regular paper, following the formatting rules of the conference.
5. The $500 award is handed over at the Podcar City Conference 2018.
6. ATRA reserves the right to publish all submitted works on its website

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (15)

June 17th, 2018

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History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year 

by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President. 

1990 – The Fifteenth Year. 

Please click on link below for Year 15 history.

The History of the Advanced Transit Association Year 15 (1990)

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Dr. J. Edward Anderson Receives ATRA Award

May 11th, 2018

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ATRA instituted the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advanced Transit in honor of individuals who, by their work and commitment, have contributed to the advancement of technology, to the dissemination of knowledge and to public acceptance of advanced transit.

 Nominations were invited from all over the world. The award committee unanimously decided to present this year’s award to Dr. Anderson.

 The motivation reads: “Dr. Anderson has inspired a generation of researchers and industrialists to build on his research to get advanced transit systems developed and proven in public operation.”

 The award is presented every two years in conjunction with the APM-ATS conference. The ceremony took place in Tampa on May 2nd.

 In his acceptance speech Dr. Anderson pointed out other PRT pioneers who inspired him during the early years of advanced transit in the sixties and seventies.

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ASCE APM STANDARDS COMMITTEE ACCEPTS ALTERNATIVE TO BRICK WALL STOP

May 11th, 2018

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A recent ballot to remove an onerous requirement for ATN systems with offline stations and less than 25 passengers received 24 yes-votes, two abstentions and zero no-votes from ASCE APM Standards Committee members. This requirement mandated that a following vehicle must assume a preceding vehicle can stop instantaneously (as in hitting a brick wall that suddenly appears in its path). It effectively limits ATN systems to minimum headways of three to four seconds.

The requirement is replaced with a requirement to rigorously maintain a separation zone between any two vehicles based on the maximum stopping speed of the front vehicle and the minimum stopping speed of the rear vehicle including any effects of latencies and failures in either vehicle and/or wayside equipment. In a perfect world, this could allow sub-second headways. Even if headways only improve by a factor of two, this will be significant to the viability of ATN.

At their May 2, 2018 meeting in Tampa the Committee dealt with comments raised in the balloting process. They then agreed to move ahead and incorporate this change in the 2018 edition of the Standards due out later this year.

 

ATRA President Muller discusses balloting comments at the ASCE APM Standards Committee Meeting in Tampa

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History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (14)

May 11th, 2018

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by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President.

1989 – The Fourteenth Year.

Please click on link below for Year 14 history.

The History of the Advanced Transit Association Year 14 (1989)

Regulations required: safety drives autonomous vehicles market.

April 13th, 2018

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Authors
Sjoerd van der Zwaan (Chief Technology Officer) and
Robbert Lohmann (Chief Operations Officer)

Please see paper below:

Regulations required: safety drives autonomous vehicles market.

A Winning Combination

April 5th, 2018

 

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by Shannon Sanders McDonald

 

Please click link below for the full article:

A Winning Combination 

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (13)

April 5th, 2018

 

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by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President.

1988 – The Thirteenth Year.

Please click on link below for Year 13 history.

The History of the Advanced Transit Association Year 13 (1998)

History of the Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) Year by Year (12)

March 2nd, 2018

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by J. Edward Anderson, first ATRA President.

1987 – The Twelfth Year.

Please click on link below for Year 12 history.

The History of the Advanced Transit Association Year 12 (1987)