Self-driving electric vehicles: they’re already undergoing thorough testing for passenger transport. Can these self-driving vehicles also be used to carry goods in logistics operations, specifically in the context of urban logistics? This futuristic project begins by setting out the requirements.
“Autonome Logistieke Elektrische Eenheden voor Steden”
With the new project ALEES, an acronym standing for ‘Autonome Logistieke Elektrische Eenheden voor Steden’ (self-driving logistical electric units for urban environments), VIL, together with the logistics sector and the cities, aims to determine the requirements for the use of self-driving vehicles in logistics operations in urban environments, for instance for parcel delivery.
All stakeholders in the area of urban logistics are involved: The Department of Mobility and Public Works (MOW), cities and city centres, shippers and logistics service providers, technical and technological partners.
ALEES can improve the efficiency of the shipment and delivery of goods in urban environments: better loading, more flexible route planning, 24/7 availability and so on. They’re also good for sustainability (fewer vehicles, use of electricity, etc.) and safety (self-driving, continuous monitoring of conditions, avoidance of obstacles, etc.).
Report (in Dutch)
VIL members can download the report in the VIL library, non-members can buy it in the VIL webshop.
Planned launch: December 2016
Total lead time: 18 months
Eight companies: ACP CO₂, bpost, Bringme, DHL PARCEL BELUX, Stad Mechelen, Rhenus SML, Trimble, en Havenbedrijf Antwerpen.
In this project VIL also works together with the German institute Fraunhofer IML .