Transportation for Tomorrow
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California’s record of game-changing infrastructure improvements solidifies its position as an economic powerhouse. The future of transportation in California is focused on improved quality of life. People want to spend less time on congested roads and more time enjoying the great qualities this state has to offer. To do that, we need to lessen travel times, improve traffic flow in cities and reduce the effects of CO2 emissions.
Every minute spent in congestion on over-burdened roads and highways is economic activity lost. The unparalleled experience of high-speed trains will soon draw passengers out of the air, off the road and onto the rails.
Case in point: The Velaro in Spain, traveling from Madrid to Barcelona, quickly boosted rail’s market share to over 50 percent in the first year of operation. Velaro is the best in its class globally and boasts an impressive availability rate. In Spain, it has covered more than a million miles without any delays. The result: confidence grows and ridership surges.
Monitor, view and respond to changing traffic conditions in real-time.
Real-time traffic updates allow operators to response to conditions and change patterns in an instant, reducing congestion and increasing safety.
TACTICS smartGuard, a new cloud-based traffic management software increases the safety and efficiency of traffic operations. This allows operators to change traffic patterns in an instant to reduce congestion and increase safety, with detailed traffic condition maps, second-by-second updates, and the ability to easily change traffic plans at any time. The simplified software also requires no additional training so operators can be online almost immediately and non-traffic personnel such as the police department can easily access status of traffic intersections to rapidly respond to traffic incidents.
Software is hosted on a cloud-based system making it easier to operate and more cost-effective. It operates centrally and therefore eliminates the need for cities of any size to invest thousands of dollars on traffic management software, hardware and IT-related resources.
Answers for Reducing Smog and Lowering Fossil Fuel Consumption
Electrified catenary system offers economically attractive and environmentally friendly solution to transport goods on highly frequented routes near the two largest Ports in the U.S.
When most people think of vehicle emissions, they assume cars do most of the damage, but it’s actually commercial trucks that are largely to blame. Freight transportation on US roadways is expected to double by 2050, while global oil resources continue to deplete. And by 2030, carbon dioxide emissions are forecasted to jump 30% due to freight transport alone.
Siemens will install an eHighway system demonstration in the proximity of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to connect to cargo centers. The technology can also be expanded to allow trucks to travel through densely populated cities.
Essentially, all that is needed is a hybrid diesel electric freight truck with built-in technology and software to connect to overhead electrified wires. The trucks are designed to use both electricity and diesel power and will automatically switch to electric mode when they detect and attach to the overhead lines. Once the truck leaves the lines, it switches back to diesel.
The economic logic of the eHighway system is very compelling for cities like LA, where many trucks travel a concentrated and relatively short distance. Highly traveled corridors such as this are where we will initially see eHighway being applied.