Patent Number: 6,169,954

Title: Intelligent public transit system using dual-mode vehicles

Abstract: A unique transit system incorporates at least one internally powered, wheeled, transport vehicle having both manual controls enabling a user to drive the vehicle on a surface street and an on-board computer (OBC) system enabling software control of at least vehicle steering and velocity. A controlled roadway system having a roadway surface upon which the transport vehicle runs on its internal power on the same wheels as on surface streets is provided as well. On surface streets off the controlled roadway the manual controls are active, and on the controlled roadway the software controls are active. Manual or computer control depends on whether the vehicle is on the controlled roadway or surface streets. The OBC communicates with a Master computer for the controlled roadway, providing a range of functions. The transport vehicles operate at a fixed and constant speed on the controlled roadway system.

Inventors: McCrary; Homer T. (Davenport, CA)


International Classification: B60L 11/00 (20060101); B61B 15/00 (20060101); E01D 2/00 (20060101); E01D 21/06 (20060101); E01D 21/00 (20060101); B60K 1/04 (20060101); G08G 001/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018