Automated Convoy Operation
In order to increase traffic flow on the lines and minimize energy consumption by travelling in the slipstream, vehicles can form convoys dynamically. Moreover, the active steering of the vehicles along with passive track switches allows vehicles to move out of the convoy at track switches even in the case of small distances between the vehicles and at high speeds.
As there is no stopping or changing of trains and thus no waiting time, the RailCab, though travelling at modest top speeds, reaches high average speeds and short transportation times. This operational mode already yields a reduction in energy demand that can be further minimized by dynamical convoy operation. From four RailCabs on in a convoy, energy demand per passenger is lower than with the ICE or Transrapid.
Flexible Vehicle Guidance
The area of the station or depot comprises as well main tracks as storage sidings so the RailCabs can be operated individually or assembled to form convoys. Vehicles stopping at the platform or requested for a ride will immediately filter into the through traffic. This flexibility allows the RailCabs to arrange themselves and quickly form a convoy.