Flexible Mobility: MPAV
- RMIT University
Flexible Mobility is an honours design project.
The focus of the project is to address mobility issues of the current transportation systems and provide more opportunities for access to public transportation in regional areas through the use of multipurpose autonomous vehicles (MPAV).
The MultiPurpose Autonomous Vehicle (MPAV) is an addition to public transportation.
The MPAV is fully autonomous. It does not require a driver to operate the vehicle. This feature eliminates the need for space for the operator and more space for passengers and luggage.
The use of autonomous technology would also increase the rate of activity of the vehicles, removing the necessities of long term parking.
The MPAV aims to support shared mobility service, occupying several passengers in every use. The maximum capacity of the vehicle is ten persons. This was made into an essential feature to address the issue of decreased occupancy rates in vehicular travel.
Depending on the situation, the interior of the vehicle can be adjusted to different configurations with the manipulation of foldable and movable seats.
Each passenger vehicle has built in access ramps for passengers with special needs. This feature eliminates the need for passengers having to book a specific vehicle.
Unlike most public transport vehicles, it does not require a hub for commuters to use the service.
The MPAV would work as a node to other public transportation. For example, transporting passengers to and from train stations, also lessening the issue of \’the last mile\’.