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Global Intelligent Transportation System


automated transport system, future transport, world transport solutions, self-propelled container, transport evolution
 

This site was created for an open discussion of global intelligent transportation system (GITS). The concept is based on technology that is present on the market today. This means that it is configured from existing elements and components and by this way it is technically (technologically) feasible.

 

The idea of the GITS concept is the automated transportation with minimum impact on the environment and current modes of transportation. It is possible to say that GITS is an ecological project though it will require lots of electric power some of which will be produced by power plants that are not environmentally friendly yet. But we should remember that it is easier to control a few hundred power plants than millions of automobiles and vessels that do not confirm to existed requirements to their gas emissions. At the same time the GITS system will consume the power from diversified sources (including green ones) that is a positive factor.
 

GITS is a system that includes two subsystems: Ground and Sea. Both systems can be developed independently. Both systems are ambitious and both systems need a separate feasibility study.
 

Dramatic climate change is a great problem today. It is important to defend the transportation systems from its impact. The only way to minimize the impact of weather condition to vehicles is to isolate the roads from the environment with walls and roofs. New factor here is the roof. Icy roads, mist, fog, smog, storms, etc. - it is not the full list of possible weather conditions for conventional roads.
 

To create an ecological vehicle is a very important task but we should not forget to make it environmentally friendly. Even a super ecological automobile will be an insect killer.
 

To minimize the impact of storms to vessels it is possible to use submarine vessels.
 

To minimize the impact of human errors we have to fully automate both systems. The collision of two airplanes over the Boden Lake few years ago showed that the human priority was the final factor of that collision. Nobody disputes that the error is human. It does not matter who should be blamed for spilled oil from a sunken oil tanker: storm or captain. Yesterday it could be a captain and today it is a storm. Road accidents on motorways and railroads are not an exception even in highly developed countries.
 

GITS concept is based on the postulate that human driven vehicles and ships must not be used in the environment where the automatically driven vehicles and ships are used and vice versa. It does not mean that the human vehicles or ships do not need the development of control systems that will provide the existing human driven transport systems with greater safety and efficiency. It means only that they cannot be used in the same environment. Proof: Boden Lake crash that I named Boden Lake limit. It means that there is a
limit of automation for human operated systems.
 

I consider this site as a possibility to find obvious obstructions for realization of GITS project. Everyone is welcome to discuss the challenges to this project and also their solutions. Any interesting solution will be immediately placed in the text of GITS concept with reference to its author.
 

The sooner we start to study GITS concept, the sooner we get arguments for or against it. Until serious flaws are found with the GITS system, it is possible to mention one potential GITS project right now: Kazakhstan is planning to make a road through its territory from China to Europe. GITS may be the best solution for this road. It could be a big initial step to the global automated transport system. It is the time to build a new contemporary system instead of constructing an old one.
 

The site is made to discuss the technical or technological aspects related to GITS only. Any other comments can be rejected.
 

Persons holding the same views and opponents are welcome here.
 

Vladimir Postnikov

 

2011 Global Intelligent Transportation System