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Scope of Using Autonomous Trucks and Lorries for Parcel Deliveries in Urban Settings

Welthandelsplatz 1, Institute for Transport and Logistics Management, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), 1020 Vienna, Austria
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Logistics 2020, 4(3), 17; https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics4030017
Received: 17 June 2020 / Revised: 18 July 2020 / Accepted: 21 July 2020 / Published: 7 August 2020
Courier, express, and parcel (CEP) services represent one of the most challenging and dynamic sectors of the logistics industry. Companies of this sector must solve several challenges to keep up with the rapid changes in the market. In this context, the introduction of autonomous delivery using self-driving trucks might be an appropriate solution to overcome the problems that the industry is facing today. This paper investigates if the introduction of autonomous trucks would be feasible for deliveries in urban areas from the experts’ point of view. Furthermore, the potential advantages of such autonomous vehicles were highlighted and compared to traditional delivery methods. At the same time, barriers that could slow down or hinder such an implementation were also discovered by conducting semi-structured interviews with experts from the field. The results show that CEP companies are interested in innovative logistics solutions such as autonomous vans, especially when it comes to business-to-consumer (B2C) activities. Most of the experts acknowledge the benefits that self-driving vans could bring once on the market. Despite that, there are still some difficulties that need to be solved before actual implementation. If this type of vehicle will become the sector’s disruptor is yet to be seen. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-driving trucks; autonomous vans; CEP companies; CEP sector; autonomous delivery; urban logistics; logistics self-driving trucks; autonomous vans; CEP companies; CEP sector; autonomous delivery; urban logistics; logistics
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Kassai, E.T.; Azmat, M.; Kummer, S. Scope of Using Autonomous Trucks and Lorries for Parcel Deliveries in Urban Settings. Logistics 2020, 4, 17. https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics4030017

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Kassai ET, Azmat M, Kummer S. Scope of Using Autonomous Trucks and Lorries for Parcel Deliveries in Urban Settings. Logistics. 2020; 4(3):17. https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics4030017

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Kassai, Evelyne Tina, Muhammad Azmat, and Sebastian Kummer. 2020. "Scope of Using Autonomous Trucks and Lorries for Parcel Deliveries in Urban Settings" Logistics 4, no. 3: 17. https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics4030017

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