For the entire traffic system a new, comprehensive logistics concept will be developed that employs a passive rail network with individually guided vehicles that make decisions on their own, i.e., decentrally. In order to provide a satisfactory informational basis for these decisions the RailCabs have positioning systems as well as mobile communication devices for communicating with one another and with stationary facilities along the track. This gives the RailCabs the chance, among others, to detect congestions early on and give them a wide berth. Thus they will always travel along a route that is optimal in terms of travel time. There will be booking systems that manage orders for transport (of both passengers and goods) and distribute them to the available RailCabs. In case there is a shortage of vehicles in one section of the network, other vehicles will automatically be directed there. Compared to conventional scheduling this will lead to a far better utilisation of the system.
Simulation of Logistics
An important element of the new traffic system are small, driverless vehicles. Due to their limited capacity, the number of vehicles on the track will have to be many times that of the conventional railroad system. Accordingly, the demand on logistics control will considerably increase. To this end, substantial and detailed simulation studies will be carried out for validation. A three-dimensional visualisation of the simulation runs that is as close to reality as possible will make the potential of the system evident to the users.