Next generation traffic management for empowering CAVs integration, cross-stakeholders collaboration and proactive multi-modal network optimization (FRONTIER). 01/05/2021 - 30/04/2024

Abstract

FRONTIER aims to provide the network and integrated traffic management strategies of the future, taking into account new types and modes of transport and automated vehicles (including their logical and physical requirements), the minimization of pollution and capacity bottlenecks (including congestion and traffic jams), the reduction of accidents, and the need to reduce the cost of mobility for all users (both citizens, public authorities and businesses). On the operational level FRONTIER facilitates the transition towards resilient multimodal autonomous mobility by establishing the processes of collaboration and arbitration among stakeholders while developing the business models that will address the commercial viability of the identified solutions. FRONTIER will develop, apply and test autonomous management systems, secured by design, that will constantly evolve using data generated from real-time monitoring of the transportation system, knowledge generated by operators and decision makers, and simulation models providing system optimal solutions accounting for new mobility services and technologies. These systems will support and enact proactive decisions, realising our vision to empower a seamless transition to an autonomous and integrated transport management for future mobility services. FRONTIER will be validated in three pilot sites (Oxfordshire UK, Athens GR and Antewerp BE) focusing on three main themes: Smart Infrastructures and CAVs integration; Multimodal mobility for passengers and freight crossstakeholders collaboration; Network performance analysis for planning and policy making. To materialize this concept, FRONTIER follows an efficient multidisciplinary approach bringing together partners from 5 universities and research institutes, 7 companies, 5 transport authorities from three diverse European countries, one testbed for traffic management and one international road federation.

Researcher(s)

Research team(s)

Responsive sustainable urban logistics - Best practices last mile and co-operation models in city distribution (R!Sult) 01/04/2019 - 31/03/2020

Abstract

This project involves bringing together knowledge on finished, running and planned projects on last mile and more collaborative co-operation models in city distribution, and the state of the art on what moves in this market, in a manner that provides value added to all stakeholders in the project. It involves innovative last mile solutions, but also trends and insights).

Researcher(s)

Research team(s)

Responsive sustainable urban logistics (R!SULT). 01/03/2019 - 30/09/2020

Abstract

This project proposal treats following research question: RQ: What are the potential sustainable and integrated co-operation models for urban logistics flows, given a certain city? The focus is on testing the sustainable and integrated business cases within the urban logistics context, including all possible types of flows (B2B, B2C, retour, etc.). This proposal attempts to achieve this objective by answering three sub-questions in three consecutive workpackages. In order to test the sustainability of the various business cases, first a data-driven calculation model is drafted. This calculation model should allow comparing the various options objectively. RQ1: What are the most important components of a calculation model for a sustainable urban logistics policy, both on the side of input and output. Recent data on goods flows, within as well as outside cities, is very scarce though. This impedes an objective overview on urban logistics, which makes identifying opportunities more difficult. RQ2: Which goods flows take place in the concerned cities? The findings from the first two workpackages are used next to quantify proposals for pilot projects. These pilot projects have to be executed in the concerned cities and help identifying the barriers between the calculations and the real applications. RQ3: What are the barriers in translating the results of the calculation model into an effective, integrated reorganisation of the urban logistics flows.

Researcher(s)

Research team(s)