The Future Of Transport Are AVT-Trains
The AVT transports cars and their passengers in private quiet train compartments that have air conditioning, restrooms and entertainment centers. The AVT is designed to be simple to use and enjoyable to ride. You simply drive into a station, park your car, select your destination, and you and your car are automatically loaded onto a train and transported to your destination. On arrival you simply start your car and drive away.
This is how it works.
There are elevated guideways on each side of the highway on which the AVT Trains run continuously - every 8 seconds during rush hour. Cars with their passengers are loaded onto passing trains by shuttles while the trains are moving. Each guideway will transport over 10,000 cars per hour because the trains do not stop at stations.
Shuttles pick up parked cars from Departure Stations, catch up with a passing train, dock with the train and transfer the car with their passengers onto the train. Shuttles also transfer cars from moving trains and park them in Arrival Stations. Shuttles travel on a separate guideway loop that services Departure and Arrival Stations on both sides of the highway.
There is a similar shuttle system in operation today that loops over the I-15 in Primm Nevada. It connects casinos on the east and west side of the highway with automatic people movers instead of AVT Shuttles.
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Departure Stations are like elevated parking structures with 4 to 20 diagonal parking spaces. Shuttles arrive at the Departure Stations on a guideway from across the highway where there is an Arrival Station for the opposing traffic.
AVT Stations can be built over the highway, doubling its capacity without widening the road. Entry and exit ramps are built over the existing shoulders.
Stations are relatively small because they do not have parking lots, baggage handling and other facilities. The stations cover only a small part of the highway, even when stations are spaced every few miles.
The parking spaces are covered with retractable ATM like machines that rise from below.
After parking, the driver uses the ATM machine to enter a credit or debit card and select a destination. Shortly thereafter, the car is rotated 45 Degrees and conveyor belts automatically transfer the parked car onto a waiting Shuttle.
Once the car is secure, the Shuttle accelerates to meet with an approaching train.
Each train carries 20 to 30 cars and cars may be transferred from the same train simultaneously. When the Shuttle is next to an empty compartment, it docks with the train and the door on the train opens.
The only aspect that is somewhat concerning to me is the liability and risk of injury to passengers and property damage that could very well happen with this type of transportation. Especially in the early phases. Fortunately, I have access to one of the top Personal Injury Attorneys and Trial Lawyers in Chicago, Willens Law Offices. You can bet I'll be consulting with them before I ever thought of using this mode of transport for myself or for my cargo. Pretty cool idea though!