VECTUS brings what has, hitherto, been considered a transportation solution of the future into a proven and safe reality for today. With its potential for improving accessibility to quality public transport at a lower cost than conventional modes, while avoiding traffic problems such as congestion, accidents and pollution, it is an ideal solution to inter-connecting major transport hubs with satellite urban developments.
VECTUS uses small, lightweight, driverless vehicles to carry individuals, or small groups of people, non-stop from the origin station to the destination station. Stations are located on a network of lightweight guide-ways and are off-line (i.e. located on a side track), meaning that vehicles waiting for passengers at the station are not blocking the traffic flow on the main track. Consequently, waiting times for passengers are negligible and there are no intermediate stops during the journey, hence reducing the user’s total travel time. Vehicles are personal and travel on individually selected routes - yet the capacity of VECTUS is comparable to many other light public transportation modes due to the three second headway possible between vehicles. Furthermore, since the system is operating 'on demand', energy is used only when transportation is requested.
The VECTUS system is more cost effective than more traditional public transport because the system is driverless and does not run according to timetables. VECTUS also uses lighter vehicles, which require smaller guide-ways and stations, hence incurring a cheaper infrastructure cost.
Users of a VECTUS system enjoy a range of benefits previously not possible. Offering a non-stop, on-demand service means that the total travel time is shorter than any conventional mass transit system, with private and secure vehicles providing a safer and more efficient service. VECTUS provides negligible waiting times 24/7 without any increase in cost.
Accessible for Everyone
Many public transport systems are old and were designed without considering accessibility for those with impaired mobility. However, VECTUS offers wheelchair access at every station and these stations can be densely located, allowing shorter distances to the nearest stop. Guide-ways are small and can be easily installed with stations integrated inside or immediately adjacent to buildings, making travel direct and fast. Another unique quality of VECTUS is that it is flexible and personalised. A proportion of vehicles can also be specifically designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
The design flexibility of the system has immediate advantages for town and city planners. Small, off-line stations (which are relatively inexpensive) can be densely positioned without reducing the speed of the service, in contrast to conventional rail transit with large vehicles that stop at every station. Moreover, each station can be sized to suit local demand requirements in terms of the number of parking berths needed. The VECTUS system ensures that city planning is not constrained by transportation solutions serving specific corridors. VECTUS makes it possible to have a network which covers vast areas, rather than specific corridors. Instead of forcing developments to fit around a transport system, VECTUS can be tailored to fit around new developments. The system’s small guide-ways and efficient stations can even be constructed inside building lobbies or through small tunnels.
VECTUS can be implemented in both towns and cities and play a central role in developing an area into a thriving and vibrant location. The system is perfect for areas with a high demand for local transit at peak and off-peak hours, such as university campuses, shopping complexes, hospitals, theme parks and airports. VECTUS can also be used to complement traditional public transport. For example, to connect areas and neighbourhoods currently not served by existing public transport, to large bus and rail terminals as well as 'park-and-ride' facilities.
People invariably use private vehicles in areas where public transport is inefficient, inconvenient or both. Unfortunately, this invariably creates heavy congestion on the road system, particularly at peak travel times. VECTUS is an effective alternative. Efficient, convenient and environmentally friendly, it provides a reliable service with low waiting times. Passengers can travel from a city centre to out-of-town car parks, minimising the need to drive. The system is popular in areas which have limited or expensive parking.
Increased Property Value
An area served by an accessible, reliable transport system, which provides excellent commuting opportunities, is a more desirable place to live and work. Therefore, by implementing a VECTUS system, land values may inrease and the environment is less scarred by the implementation of heavy infrastructure.
VECTUS vehicles are flexible in design, with a range of styling solutions possible, allowing them to blend in to any urban environment. The vehicles are minimalistic and aerodynamic in design, with maximum comfort in mind. Each vehicle features automatic double doors on each side, comfortable seats, automotive standard HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) and a real-time passenger information system; while the large windows afford panoramic scenic views. The vehicles and stations are designed to accommodate the requirements of passengers with impaired mobility, including wheelchair users, in terms of layout, colour coding and high visibility handholds and thresholds. Buttons are illuminated, have raised tactile symbols and are within easy reach of a person in a wheelchair.
As motor vehicles are responsible for about fifty percent of greenhouse gases and twenty six percent of the world’s total energy consumption, it is important to encourage the public to utilise public transport. Using small, lightweight electric vehicles, the VECTUS system is a reliable, environmentally friendly alternative to travelling by car.