Solar Powered Automated Transportation Network for San José

The research project will examine the benefits and challenges associated with creating a personal solar powered micro-mobility solution in Santa Clara County using an automated transit network (ATN). The Spartan Superway uses compact podcars running on exclusive guideways. The project is led by Principal Investigator, Dr. Burford Furman (SJSU Engineering) and is being conducted in partnership with several departments at San José State University, other external research partners, and the International Institute of Sustainable Transportation (INIST). The team will study: 1) the feasibility of building a solar-powered ATN (Energy Systems Project, SJSU Engineering), and 2) developing simple, idea-generating  visualizations (renderings) of the transportation network situated in the urban San José context and engaging in a series of community conversations to gather stakeholder and community feedback (Visualization Project, SJSU Urban and Regional Planning). The project team will also use real-time virtual reality simulations (Southern Illinois University) and dynamic computer-based modeling (Encitra, a private company), to envision a solar-powered ATN and its functionality within the urban built environment to serve diverse San José neighborhoods.

Principal Investigator: 

Burford Furman

PI Contact Information: 

Mineta Transportation Institute
San José State University
210 N. 4th St., 4th Floor
San José, CA 95112
burford.furman@sjsu.edu

Project Number: 

1948