THE EVOLVING ROLES OF VEHICULAR NAVIGATION

Robert L. French

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Abstract: This paper examines existing and potential applications of navigation technology to motor vehicles that operate primarily upon streets and highways. Applications are described and representative systems approaches are outlined in three broad categories; driver information, traffic management, and fleet management. Driver information systems include those that develop and present navigation information in various forms to aid the driver in reaching the desired destination. The traffic management category includes navigation systems that consider real-time traffic conditions in determining optimum routes and, consequently, contribute to the overall improvement of traffic flow. Fleet management applications include automatic vehicle location monitoring systems (which do not necessarily provide navigation information to vehicle drivers) as well as systems which provide routing or step-by-step route guidance. The most comprehensive fleet management applications of vehicular navigation may also include command and control functions.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 34, Number 3
Pages: 212 - 228
Cite this article: French, Robert L., "THE EVOLVING ROLES OF VEHICULAR NAVIGATION", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 34, No. 3, Fall 1987, pp. 212-228.
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