RT36 – Juan Carlos Munoz – Public Transport Operations Control Technologies

RT36 – Juan Carlos Munoz – Public Transport Operations Control Technologies

Researching Transit – Episode 36

Published: November 2021

Keywords: Public transport, operations, autonomous vehicles

This is the fourteenth episode in Researching Transit’s Handbook of Public Transport Research Series. Links to the book can be found at the end of the notes.

In this episode Professor Graham Currie talks to Professor Juan Carlos Munoz from the Department of Transport and Logistics Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.  Professor Munoz is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CEDUS) and also the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development. In the beginning of this episode Professor Munoz talks about these two organisations and how they differ in terms of scope and focus. He also discusses his research in public transport operations and the management of headway, demand and capacity.

Professor Munoz is the lead author of the seventeenth chapter of the Handbook of Public Transport Research: ACES technologies and public transport operations and control. The chapter discusses Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared (ACES) vehicles and how these are expected to disrupt public transportation. In this episode Professor Munoz and Professor Currie talk about these emerging technologies and some of the opportunities and threats that they pose for transit operators. This includes discussion of autonomous buses, and how vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications might help to improve service provision. Towards the end of the episode Professor Munoz highlights policy and governance issues related to these new technologies, and some of the challenges that may be faced in the future as ACES vehicles are introduced into cities.

Find out more about this research in Chapter 17 of the Handbook of Public Transport Research, available for purchase from the publisher’s website: https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/handbook-of-public-transport-research-9781788978651.html.

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  • Date October 31, 2021
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