Category «Research»

City Logistics 2025: June 11-12 in Malaysia

The 13th International Conference on City Logistics (City Logistics 2025) will be held from June 11 to 13, 2025, in Penang, Malaysia, at Shangri-la Rasa Sayang Hotel Penang. Please find the call for papers for City Logistics 2025 here. If you are interested in presenting papers at the conference, please submit your extended abstract by September …

Assessing the opportunity of electric vehicles in service trips

A recent paper evaluates the impact of using electric vehicles for urban service trips, explicitly focusing on delivery and installation services and reverse logistics. These aspects of commercial traffic in urban areas have been under-explored. Most recent research on commercial traffic addresses shop restocking, service visits to establishments, and e-commerce deliveries but has paid little …

Unraveling the last-mile conundrum: autonomous delivery robots, cargo bikes, versus light commercial vehicles

A recent study addressed the growing need for efficient delivery services in the expanding e-commerce sector, focusing on real-life consumption data. It proposed a comprehensive modeling framework to evaluate the efficiency of various transportation modes, including Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs), cargo bikes, and Autonomous Delivery Robots (ADRs). Drones were not included in this study. Utilizing …

Using Amsterdam waterways for city logistics

A recent study by Dutch TNO explores the potential of shifting transportation modes from roads to waterways to mitigate adverse externalities like CO2 emissions, congestion, and air pollution associated with last-mile construction logistics in urban settings. The investigation was carried out within the framework of the Amsterdam Vaart! project, where the transportation activities of sixteen …

CIDAUT uses artificial intelligence to monitor use of parking spaces

CIDAUT, in collaboration with the Valladolid City Council, is implementing various initiatives to enhance urban transportation, making it smarter and more sustainable. Among these initiatives, which encompass connectivity solutions and the decarbonization of mobility, researchers would like to introduce one focused on monitoring vehicles utilizing designated charge and discharge parking slots, particularly intended for last-mile …

Study finds electric buses can be powered by existing metro network in Amsterdam

AMS Institute, in collaboration with Amsterdam GVB and TU Delft’s public transport operators, has explored the integration of new electric bus chargers into the existing but underutilized energy infrastructure: the metro grid of the Noord-Zuidlijn in Amsterdam. The project devises a strategy to alleviate grid congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and minimize energy costs while …

Ride-sourcing platforms thrive on socio-economic inequality

Limited market share data suggests that ride-sourcing platforms may thrive in environments characterized by socio-economic inequality. This phenomenon is likely due to the availability of cheap labor and a higher proportion of travelers willing to pay above-average prices for time savings and comfort. To investigate this relationship, TU Delft researchers utilized an agent-based simulation model …

WAlking and PArking Dynamics of Drivers: analysis and model development for sustainable urban delivery

A new project addresses the critical but often overlooked aspects of delivery drivers’ walking and parking behaviors in urban logistics: WAlking and PArking Dynamics of Drivers (WAPADD). With 80% of a delivery driver’s time spent outside the vehicle during the last leg of delivery, comprehending these dynamics becomes pivotal for sustainable urban delivery routes. The …

Green crowd-shipping: critical factors from a business perspective

Crowd-shipping implies involving nonprofessional operators in transporting goods. While its financial benefits are easy to grasp, its environmental implications depend on the transportation mode used and whether trips are dedicated or non-dedicated. One approach to making crowd-shipping services more environmentally friendly involves utilizing public transportation, which is less polluting, as the primary mode of transportation, …