AMS – Automatic Safety System
Automatic Safety System
POD (Pods on Demand) are fully autonomous, electrically driven vehicles that seat up to four people in comfort. They have been used at Heathrow Terminal 5 since 2011 and have a reliability record of over 99% – far higher than any bus or rail system. The journey time is the same as a bus would be, but there is no waiting, so the time from parking a car to arriving at the terminal is more than halved. It is the only autonomous transport system in the world which is commercially proven – it has been operational at Heathrow Terminal 5 since 2011, transporting over 1 million people more than 4 million kilometres.
The version at Heathrow is fully autonomous, but uses guideways with sensors to wirelessly tell the pod where it is and give it instructions to speed up, slow down, turn and stop. The information is relayed to the sensors from a central control room.
The version demonstrated in Greenwich in 2017 dispenses with the external sensors. Instead the vehicle has its own sensors and a highly-detailed 3D map of the area. It decides for itself on the route to take, and how to interact with other road users – it can safely share a road or path with pedestrians, cyclists and animals, knowing when it is safe to move, and when it has to stop.
Insight Sensor is a low power technology encased within a material called RHEON, which is soft and malleable in its natural state, but hardens immediately and temporarily upon impact. We are currently developing a range of safety systems.
The Insight Sensor Sensor provides critical data and feedback about helmet impacts. This data supports a greater understanding of the potential brain injuries that can happen in a collision as well as the effect on the condition of their helmet and whether a replacement may be advisable. It not only provides an additional layer of impact protection but with our smart technology, is able to report a range of critical data immediately after the crash event. The data includes;
- Impact Detection and Signalling
- Brain Rotation Insight
- Helmet Condition
- Collision Data Reports
- Protected electronics
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