August 2019
From the President
Greetings! ATRA Board election results are in! The following have been elected to a three-year term on the ATRA Board:
  • Christopher Juniper
  • Eugene Nishinaga
  • Fred Payne
  • Mike Stanley (withdrew from serving on the board)

The following officers were confirmed:
  • Peter Muller, President
  • Ingmar Andreasson, Vice President
  • Christopher Juniper, Treasurer
The Board voted for the following:
  • Alain Kornhauser, Chairman
  • Christopher Juniper, Secretary

The following board members have completed their terms and we are very grateful for their service:
  • Murthy Bondada
  • Gary Hsueh

We recently sent out renewal notices. If you have not renewed your ATRA membership, now would be a great time to do so.
As always, enjoy reading!

Best regards,

Peter Muller, ATRA President
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Celebrating 8 years of Heathrow PODS
The Heathrow Pods have been operating at the airport since 2011, offering passengers a free autonomous ride from their parking location to Terminal 5.

Three million passengers have travelled more than 4.5 million kilometres at speeds of up to 25mph in the Pods, which is the same as travelling the worlds’ equator 112 times!

This paper contains some personal opinions you may disagree with. However, the point of the paper is to illustrate a rational process for distinguishing between transportation solutions.

It is suggested that those questioning
the presented results use the same process to develop their own list of requirements and score their
preferred solutions against those requirements.

Other News
PRT system in Morgantown to resume operations Thursday
In anticipation of students’ arrival on campus, the West Virginia University Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system in Morgantown, West Virginia, will resume operations Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019.

As part of continuing modernization efforts, the transit system was closed during the summer to work on system integration and enhancements. Part of this work included the integration installation of digital signage with the public address system on PRT platforms.

Design and Feasibility Analysis of Personal
Rapid Transit Network for an Indian Heritage
Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) is a state-of-art amalgamation of automotive, computer,
network and transit technologies which could prove to be very economical if properly managed. In this study, a PRT network is proposed for the city of Varanasi in India which is one of the oldest cities in the world. The study area constitutes of narrow streets having mix traffic with a predominance of pedestrians and slow moving vehicles. 

Aboard the 2getthere autonomous shuttle
Dutch-based 2getthere has been producing autonomously driving shuttles long before the concept became popular in the car industry. There’s been a lot of hype surrounding autonomous driving, but we’re still a long way from a safe, practical, and widely used application. In the meantime, 2getthere believes development of their shuttles for public use provides a realistic move toward autonomy.

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