Burford “Buff” Furman

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

“We are inventing, developing and demonstrating a new paradigm in urban transportation: sustainable urban transportation.”

Think part taxi, part bus: Automated Transit Networks are small, fully-automated driverless vehicles that run on dedicated tracks, carrying passengers to and from their desired destinations—a smart alternative to the increasingly unsustainable combustion engine automobile. A new peer-reviewed study, led by Furman and conducted by the Mineta Transportation Institute, takes a closer look at ATNs and their future viability. An informative tool for planners, urban designers and public policy decision-makers, the report asks and answers: Will such a system ever become a transportation reality?

Department: Mechanical Engineering
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College: Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering
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Photo: Thomas Sanders, ’15 MFA Photography

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