Telematics, Urban Freight Logistics, and Low Carbon Road Networks

Guy H Walker, Alastair Manson

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Eighty percent of the UK population now lives in an urban area. This drives increasing urban freight movements which, in turn, interact with dense street networks and a strong planning incentive to maximize their capacity and reduce vehicle emissions (Hesse and Rodrigue, 2004). Telematics, in the form of route guidance, is a key enabler for this. There is good evidence for the positive benefits telematics can have (e.g., Asvin, 2008; Dutton, 2011; Giannopoulos, 1996, etc.) but as this technology continues along the s-curve toward full market saturation there are some fundamental questions that still need to be explored. Are some urban road network topologies more energy efficient when paired with telematicstechnology than others? If so, to what extent might it influence a telematics strategy? Do all drivers have to have complete knowledge of traffic conditions? How realistic is this assumption anyway? Is it safe to assume that having invested in telematics drivers will adhere to route guidance information in all cases? Research (e.g., Bonsall, 1992; Bonsall and Palmer, 1999; Chorus et al., 2006; Karl and Bechervaise, 2003; Lyons et al. 2008, etc.) shows that between 30% and 50% of drivers do not: what happens then? Clearly, the success of telematics technology is heavily contingent on factors like these and this study provides an initial exploration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Factors in Transportation
Subtitle of host publicationSocial and Technological Evolution Across Maritime, Road, Rail, and Aviation Domains
EditorsG. Di Bucchianico, A. Vallicelli, N. A. Stanton, S. J. Landry
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781498726207
ISBN (Print)9781498726177
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameIndustrial and Systems Engineering Series
PublisherCRC Press


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