The impact of emerging technologies on freight transportation in the digital era: trends, themes, and research opportunities
Paper i proceeding, 2019
With various challenges in the digital era, stakeholders are expressing growing interests in
understanding the impact of the emerging technologies on freight transportation. The purpose
of this paper is to fill the existing research gap by exploring the current merging technologies
taking place in the logistics industry and analyze their impact on freight transportation.
Six representative recent articles from academic, industrial, and governmental perspectives
are investigated to elect nine emerging technologies, which are then used as keywords to
conduct a systematic literature review covering the literature in the past ten years.
3D Printing, Artificial Intelligence, Automated Robots, Autonomous Vehicles, Big Data
Analytics, Blockchain, Drones, Electric Vehicles, and Internet of Things are identified as
emerging technologies. The state-of-the-art of the current research and potential future
opportunities are then analyzed.
The research could support various stakeholders to better capture the current status of and the
future opportunities in freight transportation.
The paper fills a gap in the literature on the impacts of emerging technologies on freight
systematic literature review