Patent Number: 6,308,636

Title: In-vehicle switch mechanism

Abstract: An in-vehicle switch mechanism for guiding a vehicle along a guideway at converging and diverging points of the guide rails in a guided vehicle system includes a support frame; a pivot assembly; a switch arm assembly pivotably mounted at its proximate end to the pivot assembly; a switch wheel rotatably mounted to the switch arm assembly at its distal end; an actuator for moving the switch arm between a deployed position in which the switch wheel engages a guide rail and a stowed position in which the switch wheel is free of the guide rail; and a biasing device interconnected between the support frame and pivot assembly for pre-loading the switch wheel against the guide rail when the switch wheel is deployed as the vehicle approaches the point of divergence; and an in-vehicle switch system which uses such in-vehicle switch mechanisms.

Inventors: Collins; David C. (Burlington, MA), Lewis; Albert E. (Mattapan, MA), Garneau, Jr.; Gerald A. (Hudson, MA)

Assignee: Raytheon Company

International Classification: B61B 13/04 (20060101); B61L 23/00 (20060101); B62D 1/26 (20060101); B62D 1/00 (20060101); E01B 25/06 (20060101); E01B 25/00 (20060101); E01B 025/06 (); E01B 007/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018