Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) Data | Transit Laboratory

Automatic Vehicle Location

A growing number of buses from transit agencies who collaborate with Transit Lab have been equipped with Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) technology. AVL technology located on each bus interacts with GPS satellites to accurately track vehicle location in real-time. Transit Lab utilizes the AVL data generated by these sensors for a wide range of research, education, and outreach purposes such as:

  • Matching vehicle trajectories to bus schedules
  • Operations monitoring
  • Assessing service reliability
  • Identifying recurring congestion