Ecological Intelligent Transport Management

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EcoMobility is defined as environmentally friendly transport options that include walking, cycling, electric vehicles, public transport and car-sharing. In cities, EcoMobility is not just about the choice of transport, but the results of life habits and environment choices. Transportation Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government will introduce several types of eco-friendly and smart vehicles during "EcoMobility World Festival 2017". In addition to the existing MRT and light rail, the Bureau will showcase an automated Group Rapid Transit (GRT) system that's been widely used overseas, as shown below. Every GRT carries a maximum of 12 people and travels on the designed routes of the EcoMobility project at a maximum speed of 20 km/h.
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With the electric buses and scooters and C-Bike and other low-carbon EcoMobility vehicles shown below, the Hamasen area can have the transportation experience without gasoline and diesel burning and greenhouse gas emissions during one month of EcoMobility World Festival 2017.

Description of Requirements

The main purpose of the system is to assist the management of golf carts in the demo venue. In addition to providing the monitoring of vehicle location, the system allows people to reserve golf carts through App or web pages. The system administrator can effectively know the information about vehicle location and perform vehicle dispatching and scheduling.

System Design and Composition

The design of the EcoMobility vehicle management platform includes:
  • Management Website: Web-based, 1/5000 WGS reference coordinate system map, to allow users perform 24-hour vehicle monitoring.
  • Ride reservation website: Web-based, allows members to reserve their rides online.
  • Ride reservation App: Allows members to reserve their rides online.
  • App for drivers: Provided for drivers and allows vehicle monitoring and dispatching.

  • For system composition, the EcoMobility management system is divided into three subsystems, including: Eco-friendly and smart vehicle management platform, ride reservation App and App for drivers.

    Regulations formulated for operation on regular roads during the Festival

    According to WHO, about 1.25 million people die each year from traffic accidents, and the development of autonomous vehicles is expected to avoid casualties caused by human errors. In view of the fact that unmanned vehicles have become an international trend with actual cases of road driving, but the development and relevant laws at home are not yet in place, this project will propose assessment and feasible supporting measures under the current system regarding the operation and business conducts of future autonomous vehicles in the domestic roads. International regulations and cases will also be collected as the references for the domestic promotion of unmanned vehicle driving. The project aims to explore the issues regarding vehicle management, operation and insurance.

    The unmanned GRT system introduced for this event is operated only in the EcoMobility demo community in Hamasen. It is a closed venue and not a regular open area. It is not defined as "public roads", according to the second section of "Highway Act", so it is not regulated by the existing regulations formed by Ministry of Transportation and Communications. Based on Article 28 of Urban Road Act and Article 5 of Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act, GRT can be operated within that closed area under the permission of Kaohsiung City Government.