Magnetic Bus Idea To Test In Oregon

Transit officials in Eugene, Oregon, have announced plans to install a test route for a magnet-guided bus technology.

"Funded by the Federal Transit Administration, the test will measure the performance of a high-speed EmX bus that uses sensors and computer equipment to follow magnetic markers along the Franklin Boulevard route between Eugene and Springfield."

"The route could be prepared as early as this summer and the test will be done in 2010, Vobora said."

"Buses using the magnetic guidance system consistently stop within two inches or less of their mark, according to the University of California at Berkeley, which oversees the technology."

"Sensing and processing units on the bus obtain information from the magnetic markers in the road, which act as reference points."

Full Story: LTD drawn to testing magnet control of buses

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