DEFINITION
Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL)

Position determination via an automatic technology or combination of technologies, such as global positioning system (triangulation of satellite signals), signposts (beacons at known locations transmit signals picked up by vehicle), ground-based radio (triangulation of radio tower signals), or dead-reckoning (vehicle's odometer and compass used to measure new position from previous known position), and typically includes real-time reporting of that location to a dispatcher. AVL, or similar technology is a necessary component for “Next Bus” implementation.

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