MIND THE GAP: THE INTERFACE BETWEEN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES AND THE LOGISTICS SYSTEM
Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet), 2020

Purpose
Using autonomous vehicles in goods transport has potential benefits. However, the transition to a future autonomous (and electric) freight system needs to take account of the interface between the vehicle and other parts of the logistics system in order to exploit potential benefits and overcome challenges related to the absence of a driver. The purpose of the research is to identify the prerequisites for achieving automated loading, unloading, related information handling and in-plant transport at these interfaces.

Research Approach
Cases studies consider senders and receivers of various products as well as organisations that have a role including real estate companies that develop warehouses and terminals. The case studies consider vehicle and handling equipment technology alongside the processes that may need to change if the efficiency gains of an autonomous vehicle are to be realised. Research questions are addressed at the logistics system level. The cases studies combine questions about logistics process and technology alongside those concerned with underlying business models.

Findings and Originality
Results presented are at the half way stage of a two-year project and will be based on the initial series of interviews for four case studies. Findings so far include: (1) lack of development in this topic compared with interest in autonomous and automated transport (2) importance of organisational ssues in the logistics chain e.g. contractual relationships (3) importance of taking a broad view of the companies that need to be involved (4) product type and characteristics are important but other factors may have more influence on the scope to develop initiatives in this area.

Research Impact
The research provides insights into the complexity of the interfaces in autonomous and automated transport and logistics systems. The empirical findings enrich the discussion of this field. Combining insights from logistics, technology, materials handling and business has demonstrated the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach.

Practical Impact
Autonomous transport systems may bring many commercial benefits. However, the scale of these benefits will be significantly diminished if questions about the interface points in the logistics system are not addressed. The outputs of the research will provide important insights for managers addressing these challenges.

Författare

Michael Browne

Göteborgs universitet

Robin Hanson

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Supply and Operations Management

Dan Andersson

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Service Management and Logistics

Mats Johansson

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Supply and Operations Management

Catrin Lammgård

Göteborgs universitet

Lars Medbo

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Supply and Operations Management

Gunnar Stefansson

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Service Management and Logistics

LRN 2020
Cardiff / Online, United Kingdom,

Styrkeområden

Transport

Ämneskategorier

Transportteknik och logistik

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Senast uppdaterat

2020-10-01