CE 2710
Introduction to Transportation Engineering
Homework 1
due Wed September 04
Question 1

The Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) identifies 6 levels of driving automation - from 0 for no self-driving capability to 5 for a fully autonomous vehicle.  Do an internet search to answer the following questions:

  1. What is the difference in practical terms between levels of automation 3, 4 and 5?

  2. What companies (if any) are currently producing level 3 vehicles?  Level 4? 

  3. What is the prognosis for when we might see the first level 5 vehicles on the road?

Question 2

The rail map shows that there was rail service in most towns in southern New 

England prior to 1929. 

 

Based on this map, select two sections of this rail network to research for this HW.  One section should be one with existing rail service and the second should be one with no existing rail service. Chose sections close to where you grew up or where you live now. 

 

Your task is to determine the fate of this rail by answering, to the best of your ability, the following questions:

 

For the section with rail service

 

  1. What type of service is it? Intercity passenger service, Commuter passenger service, or Freight service.

  2. How frequent is this service?

  3. Who operates the service?

  4. Who owns the tracks?

 

 

For the section with no rail service

 

  1. Is the right-of-way (ROW) still existing?

  2. Are the tracks still in place?

  3. Is the ROW used and, if so, for what?