A presentation conducted by Dr Trevor Chorvat, Independent Researcher, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Presented on Thursday the 3rd of October 2013.
There are many paradigms that could shape this century’s infrastructure in Australia, and indeed the world. This paper outlines one feasible pathway to fill a glaring gap in public transport within our cities, and do this while addressing a number of pressing social, environmental and economic needs including providing transport users an alternative to the car and truck, reduce congestion in cities, promote renewable energy sources, return ‘people space’ to cities and suburbs, and make it a healthier and happier space to name a few. The pathway outlined in this paper involves using a fully-automated small-vehicle system called Gazelle. The system uses linear motors for propulsion and an air cushion for frictionless levitation of the vehicle. Contact-less electromagnetic switching allows the vehicles to be routed across the track network. It is self-sufficient in renewable energy. Use of vertical space facilitates safe automation and allows continued use of most ground vehicles.