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Guidelines for cities on how CTS may help them in solving mobility and environmental problems becoming a "city of tomorrow"

CTSs, or Cybernetic Transport Systems, use automated vehicles to transport passengers or goods. They may be public or private, using small (2 to 4 places) or big (10 to 20 places) vehicles, travelling on reserved lanes either segregated or shared with pedestrians and bikers, they all have anti collision devices which make them safely stop should any emergency occur and they are generally electric.

These characteristics make CTS very appealing for any city but to even consider studying a CTS a city needs answering to a number of questions:

- Which demand can a CTS manage?
- What vehicle size better suits to the location?
- How many vehicles are necessary?
- Should the lanes be segregated or not?
- What performances could the CTS ensure?
- How would the users react?
- What impact would the CTS have on the location?
- How much does it cost?

If a city wishes to investigate which of the conventional transport system would better solve a specific mobility problem of theirs average rough figures exists; for example a metro line can accommodate a demand up to 30000 passengers per hours per direction, a tram line up to 6000, a bus line up to 2500; a metro would cost between 50 and 100 million Euros per kilometre a tram costs between 10 and 20 M€/km and a bus 2M€/km. Nothing like this so far existed for CTSs for two main reasons: CTSs are brand new and rough figures are obtained from experiences and CTSs are flexible systems which differ one another according to the installation site requirements.

On the basis of the field trials and feasibility studies conducted in 10 sites all over Europe in the framework of CyberMove project, DITS, the transport department of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, developed and validated a methodology to pre-design (namely to answer to the above mentioned questions) a CTS given an area where to install it and an estimated demand. Such pre-design is the second of the steps toward the CTS implementation reported in the Guidelines for cities on how CTS may help them in solving mobility and environmental problems.

The three steps are:
- CTS main features and success factors - a summary of the main CyberMove findings conceived for a wide public, particularly city authorities which could on that basis think to study a CTS installation.

- Pre-design - as already said a methodology to provide a first rough quantification of the CTS characteristics given the site.

- Design - a detailed methodology to design a CTS taken from the traditional transport design and adapted to the special features and characteristics of the CTSs.

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