A Functional Thinking Approach to the Design of Future Transportation Systems: Taxis as a Proxy for Personal Rapid Transit in South Korea

Mary Kathryn Thompson, Hyun Hye Bae

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Abstract

For over 50 years, personal rapid transit (PRT) has been viewed as one of the most promising ways to provide sustainable, economical, and convenient transportation while reducing reliance on personal automobiles. However, despite concerted efforts around the world, the promise of PRT has yet to be realized. This work demonstrates that different physical means, such as the Korean taxi system, can be used to perform the same highest-level functional requirement, satisfy the same constraints, and provide many of the benefits that are expected of a city-scale personal rapid transit system. Thus, Korean taxis can be used as an alternative embodiment of personal rapid transit and can serve as a test bed to support PRT-related design, research, and development. The paper then explores the transportation patterns and characteristics of cities in South Korea and the United States in order to determine the conditions necessary to create and maintain a PRT-like taxi system and to demonstrate the differences between ‘normal’ and PRT-like taxi systems. Finally, the future of personal rapid transit as a functional and physical transportation paradigm is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Design in Civil and Environmental Engineering
EditorsLotte Bjerregaard Jensen, Mary Kathryn Thompson
PublisherDCEE
Publication date2014
Pages47-63
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9894658-3-0
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event3rd International Workshop on Design in Civil and Environmental Engineering - Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: 21 Aug 201423 Aug 2014
Conference number: 3
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Conference

Conference3rd International Workshop on Design in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Number3
LocationTechnical University of Denmark
CountryDenmark
CityKgs. Lyngby
Period21/08/201423/08/2014
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Keywords

  • Integrated dynamic model
  • consequence based design
  • Parmetric tool
  • Building performance simulation
  • Integrated design

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