Category «Research»

PhD Katrien De Langhe (B): What role for rail in urban freight distribution?

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Many institutions encourage the use of environment-friendly transport modes. Subsequently, local authorities take increasing measures to prevent negative transport-related externalities in urban areas. Hence, logistics service providers consider alternative ways to deliver goods in urban areas. Which alternative mode is appropriate depends on multiple factors, including the available transport infrastructure, the freight volume, the time …

Cabs and curb allocation: can we learn lessons for city logistics?

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The University of Washington Urban Freight Lab released the results of a pilot study on Curb Allocation Change supporting easier and less disruptive passenger pick-ups and drop-offs by cabs. The study tested the traffic impacts of providing more passenger load zones paired with in-app geofencing technology that guided drivers and riders to designated load/unload locations.

Park and parcel: are we walking or driving?

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Light goods vehicles are an important part of London traffic. With changes to delivery demand and traffic patterns more broadly, they often have a big impact on cities. A group of researchers partnered with industrial organizations specializing in last-mile parcel delivery, thereby gaining access to data which allowed researchers to construct an agent-based model of the …

Best practices to improve heavy vehicle safety in urban freight

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Heavy vehicle safety accreditation schemes exist within the UK for road safety in urban freight. These schemes are supported by a regulatory framework requiring minimum standards for road transport operators. Cities such as London and New York have introduced local regulations to improve the safety of heavy vehicles through requirements for improved driver field of view …

Parcels: consolidated delivery does not bring benefits?


According to a study by the German industry association BIEK, the area consolidation in the parcel delivery reduces neither cost nor traffic in cities. The Federal Association of Parcel and Express Logistics (BIEK) comes to this conclusion in its study “Quantitative study of consolidated delivery on the last mile using the example of two KEP …

Euro VI trucks are compliant with legislative emissions limits

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Cities using, or planning to use, the Euro 6 standard as the basis for their low-emission zones (LEZs) will not deliver the air quality improvements they expect, AIR (Allow Independent Road-Testing) has warned. Euro 6 (or Euro VI for trucks) is the European benchmark standard for vehicle emissions, while vehicles that meet the standard receive …

In-Car delivery: is there a future?

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Amazon keeps on expanding its delivery options. In 2018, it launched an In-Car delivery service for amongst other GM and Volvo owners. Now, Amazon is giving select Honda models access to Key by Amazon In-Car delivery, as well, so consumers can have parcels dropped right inside their car wherever they’ve parked. Also, Volkswagen is working on in-car delivery with ‘We …