SINERGI: sustainable urban logistics in the age of digitization

Microdelivery-based city logistics platforms struggle to remain profitable. Boosting their efficiency will foster the usage of bikes instead of heavy vehicles. However, challenges related to riders’ unsafe behavior in traffic also need to be addressed. The SINERGI project aims to provide solutions that will help boost logistic operations that are both sustainable and safe.

SINERGI is a four-year project that will run from 2023 to 2026. It involves 13 research institutions, governments, and companies collaborating on a comprehensive framework to improve sustainable city logistics. The project aims to enable real-time management and strategic planning of efficient and user-friendly delivery services.

By combining real-time and historical data with scenario development models, SINERGI addresses several scientific challenges. These challenges include optimizing the allocation of smart parking and mini-hubs to maximize urban space utilization, analyzing rider behavior to enhance performance, and designing tailored services that consider urban constraints and incorporate real-time data on factors such as space availability, rider behavior, fleet planning, matching, and dispatching.

The SINERGI project brings private and public stakeholders who will conduct pilot initiatives in prominent cities such as Amsterdam, Shanghai, Singapore, and Copenhagen. The project outputs will empower delivery providers to offer cost-efficient services while prioritizing the well-being of riders. Public authorities will also benefit by developing a range of actions focused on road safety and the welfare of citizens, ensuring the long-term impact of SINERGI on urban transportation.

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