SYSTEM + CAR
Envision the transition into the age of autonomous vehicles by creating a systemic solution where autonomous and non-autonomous cars can coexist, but in a way that enhances the advantages of the driverless technology.
My role was to help in the system thinking and the car design.
Project developed with Questtonó team.
Digital Rails is a network of roads dedicated to autonomous cars and orchestrated virtually through an open data system. This platform coordinates intelligent traffic lights and stand-alone vehicles so that passengers will always have an express route that never stops, while allowing autonomous and non-autonomous vehicles to coexist side by side.
Digital Rails relies on systemic logic that combines governmental and industrial initiatives. The government is the main agent of transformation, responsible for determining which roads will receive Digital Rails and applying the virtual and structural elements that allow its operation.
Meanwhile, the automaker’s mission is to develop a variety of autonomous vehicles that meet Digital Rails’ dimensional and technical specifications for the inclusion of new vehicles.
HOW IT WORKS
Open Data System
The current logic of operation, where cars are prioritized to the detriment of traffic lights, is more prone to delays in traffic, because of the unpredictability of the human factor. The Digital Rails system reverses this order, considering the opening and closing times of intelligent traffic lights as fixed data, which determines the pace of cars. In contrast, it considers three variables related to convoys –speed, length and the distance between different convoys – in order to determine the position and route of the vehicles.
This system requires only one exclusive lane for autonomous vehicles, which eliminates the need for a complex infrastructure, dramatically reducing the costs of implementing Digital Rails. To maintain a balanced flow of vehicles, the exclusive lanes are spread over roads with heavier traffic and primary roads of the city.
The express lane on the left is exclusive for convoys of autonomous cars. The other lanes are shared by both non-autonomous and autonomous vehicles that are not inserted in an express convoy.
The exclusive lanes have the same width as the shared ones, but they are able to accommodate two rows of smaller autonomous vehicles, reserving a transition area that allows for efficient and safe convoy formation.
Convoys formed in the exclusive lanes are reactive to the pulse determined by the data system, which determines their speed. The vehicles in the convoys navigate on the green waves, speeding up the journey of the passengers who choose the Digital Rails.
The data system calculates the fastest route and determines the right time and speed for the cars to insert themselves into a convoy, connecting to Digital Rails on the left side of the exclusive lanes.
A single platform for different products and services
A system that provides more efficient deliveries, more rapid response to health emergencies, optimized collection, convenient transport around the city for everyone. Digital Rails is a platform that enables the use of autonomous vehicles for different purposes, making the city more intelligent and sustainable.
Maximum efficiency at the touch of a button
Technologies that make everyday life simpler and more practical. At the touch of a button, you can move anywhere quickly and efficiently.