Performance

The operation performance of any VECTUS system can be easily modified and adjusted without affecting the intrinsic principles of the safety control system.

Capacity

Depending on the braking system configuration, headways for the smaller PRT vehicles (with all seated passengers) of three seconds or less are possible within a typical speed range of 10 to 30 mph increasing to around 10 seconds when carrying standees (including for GRT). This means that speeds along the line can vary, e.g. when going through some tighter curves, without affecting capacity. Only the travel time will be affected due to travelling a short distance at a lower speed through a curve rather than the normal speed of travel. The tight curve radiuses give flexibility to the track design.

Energy Consumption

By using running wheels with very low friction on a hard steel running surface, a minimal running resistance is obtained both for straight and curved track. Using aerodynamic simulations, the emphasis in designing the vehicle has been to lower the wind resistance as much as possible in order to minimise power consumption whilst still maintaining speed.

 

The actual power consumed by the system, considering the efficiency for all intermediary power conversion steps, is on the same level as for any commercial equipment performing the same functions, but optimised through overall integration of the complete electrical system. Peak power consumption can be optimised by the control system to avoid the simultaneous starting of several vehicles.