Applications of ultra-wideband in future guideway transportation industry: Position Paper for North America Rail Context

Zezhou Wang, Yashasvi Khatavkar, Robert James, Xiang Liu, Predrag Spasojevic

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Abstract

Commercial usage of ultra-wideband (UWB) technologies have been granted increasing exposure because of UWB's special features: centimeter-level accuracy of positioning and high data rate. Applications of UWB in guideway transportation industry have also been developed in North America sporadically. Both complement enhancements and major replacements upon current practices are foreseeable. As rail industry is representing the most common guideway system, in this paper, we categorize promising UWB-rail applications into two major groups: the radar type and the tag-anchor type. With detailed discussions, we selected typical application use case examples that desire better safety and efficiency. Each application type is also supported with implementation concepts, advantages, and potential challenges. Particularly, we argue that the tag-anchor type applications of UWB will improve train positioning accuracy to support essential train/vehicle control functionalities; radar type UWB applications will benefit the automated object detection in various scenarios, including clearance intrusion (or trespassing), working-zone hazards, etc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAutomated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems 2020
Subtitle of host publicationAutomated Transit for Smart Mobility - Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Automated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems
EditorsWilliam J. Sproule
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages73-84
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780784483077
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Event17th International Conference on Automated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems: Automated Transit for Smart Mobility - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jun 29 2020Jul 2 2020

Publication series

NameAutomated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems 2020: Automated Transit for Smart Mobility - Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Automated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems

Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Automated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems: Automated Transit for Smart Mobility
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago
Period6/29/207/2/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation

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