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The vehicles section publishes original and review documents, technical reports, case studies, innovation, R&D, Science, conference reports, vehicle and component design & manufacturers' information, and news. Contribution may be by submission or invitation, and suggestions for special issues and publications are welcome.

The main Subjects Coverage is:

¤ Vehicle engineering design
¤ Automotive technology
¤ R&D of all types of self propelled vehicles
¤ R&D of vehicle components
¤ Design and engineering
¤ Vehicle and components design
¤ Development of complete industrial vehicle systems
¤ Environmental impacts of vehicles
¤ Energy
¤ Safety







The development of vehicles is considerable, new standards, higher speeds, and comfort can be said. However if we analyze the vehicles sector deeply we will see that the history doesn't present so satisfactory.

The section of vehicles suffers of a lack of inventiveness and mainly the courage of breaking with traditional concepts that involve this sector.

The rhetoric is more important than the reality.

Observing the automobiles, which is the difference among the Chevrolet Master 85 Business Coupe 1939 and last GM Pontiac 2007? Almost 70 years.

The reality is that the vehicles are lighter; better and more economical motors, efficient disk brakes, aerodynamics, performance, electronics and 70 years of difference, what is a lot.

The automobile industry is still a big white elephant, where the changes happen very gradually in view of the structure and..., concepts.

New concept vehicles are still the form and technology of before design and similar to very old propositions.

In reality the automobile industry only moves forward inside of the pre-established concepts and every other tendencies will be only analyzed in-extremis.

The hybrid car, dates of the beginning of the seventies, the electric car 1940...

The cars accelerate much more... among a jammed traffic and an other...; fantastic speeds, and they can only run to 120 Km/h. Safer? They are responsible for the biggest statistics of deaths and mainly unbeatable human traumatisms.

MIT Electrical Vehicle

Toyota Hybrid Vehicle

Chevrolet Master 85 Business Coupe 1939

Pontiac 2007 G6







If we look to the airplanes section the situation is still similar, with some advantage, where, the industry works with more innovation, in reality due to the handmade production lines.

However the design of Boeing 747 date of the years 1960, as the extinct Concord. The new airplanes don't integrate any important revolution.

Actually, traveling by airplane never was so uncomfortable as now. Tiny Internal spaces and armchairs, unpleasant board feeding, extremely uncomfortable airports, check-ins with immense files, difficulty access. It was already proven that in short trips up to 3 hours it is faster through cars or trains. Per times for trips of an hour of duration are necessary four hours, one for access to the airport, one for check-in and embarkment, and one for access to the city counting with good conditions.

Long trips are still more stressful. The fatigue and the stress of traveling by airplane don't come truly from the flight risks, but from the assortment of conditions around the sector. Now with the terrorism polices the situation is really catastrophic, at the point of the greatest part of tourism passengers' to give up because of these conditions, preferring to go by car near to their homes.

The high-speed trains are narrow, has reduced armchairs, and they present a continue swinging, and have the same problems of embarkments and disembarkations in great stations, with enormous discomfort.

Actually there are not a lot to commemorate in the vehicles sector, because the inherent problems to the transport and the vehicles, the architecture and the logistics, with immense crowds to transport, the sector of vehicles slip, even whether we have feeling of moving forward, actually, it only have effect crisis solutions for immense problems.

When we see the project Airbus A380 one may feel that the planners go away more and more of the reality. We already have immense traffic jam problems, passengers' control, costs of fuels. The project of an airplane with these characteristics totally contradicts the good sense, even since it is only profitable with occupations of 85% and superiors, it transports about 650 passengers, and an enormous fuel consumption.

In this sense Boeing with a proposition of smaller airplanes point to point, or be using smaller airports and with more economical airplanes and larger autonomies, it seems the only to have some good sense.

It is fundamental to trace transports point to point. A direct flight NY–Marseille will avoid a lot of the concentration in Paris. France and England are perhaps the principals concentration countries. Everything go by Paris or London, Trains, Airplanes, decisions.

The increase of the deconcentration, with smaller vehicles, more comfortable and faster, will bring an improvement of controls and operation.

Nowadays because of customs services, the whole transport is concentrated and the industry more and more looks for doing vehicles for a voluminous transport.

The Xcor Aerospace proposes divers new design configuration as XERUS. In this configuration, the sub orbital vehicle would function as reusable vehicle capable of putting a micro satellite into low Earth orbit.

The sub orbital vehicle also will provide a high-energy ride that will take passengers nearly to orbital altitudes, though a not orbital velocity.

Avionics is perhaps the most advanced technology nowadays. Electronic computers, GPS, simulators making piloting safer.

Airbus A-380

3 Blocks Lockeed-Martin

Cessna Citation

Honda Jet

XCOR Aerospace

Embraer ERJ 140

Avionics PIPER











Scooters are extremely pollutant, extremely noisy and insecure vehicles. Success are due to the low cost and driving sensation, they don't represent any long term solution. Motorcycles practically present the same problems.

Actually we can see great progresses in small electric vehicles or human propulsion, and in the leisure activity; vehicles that depend on small industries and that incorporate vertically innovation and functionalities.

The vehicles that integrates new stability concepts , with new propulsion means, as Segway i2, that may suggest new options for individual circulation.

Some solutions improving human propulsion pedal powered and easy to operate as AVD range of four Wheel vehicles, which won numerous design awards, including the prestigious "Millennium Product" status awarded by the Design Council of Great Britain.

Its stylish lines, optional electric power unit and silent operation make it a modern, a viable alternative to petrol driven taxis, or a van designed to carry cargo, with options including a driver fairing and full passenger weather protection, the taxi has proved equally popular with operators, drivers and passengers.

The four-wheel design gives outstanding stability compared to the traditional three-wheel rickshaw,. This stability is particularly useful when passengers are boarding or alighting, especially the old or infirm. It is totally stable through corners and on adverse camber roads, which can adversely affect the traditional three wheelers.

The Taxi is suitable for theme and leisure parks, zoos, shopping centers, malls and of course commercial taxi operations. Anywhere that people want to be moved swiftly, silently and efficiently is a potential Taxi operating area.

Segway i2

AVD - Taxi

AVD - Truck

AVD - Van

AVD - Electric
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