Computing Technology and Its Applications in Urban Logistics

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This chapter introduces the main innovations in computing technology that affect logistics systems. It provides an exploration of how these technologies individually or collectively seep into system innovations, creating increased logistics value. The chapter presents an identification of the three concurrent development pathways for future urban freight systems, that build on these innovations. To understand the future functioning of applications of computing technologies, in relation to each other and within the entire system, they are positioned in light of the vision of the Physical Internet. Digital twins are expected to have a profound impact on decision-making about urban freight systems, both from the public and the private side. Currently, conventional decision-making processes on both sides rely on rather slow cycles of information gathering, generation of alternative solutions, evaluation of solutions, decision taking, implementation and learning. The number of cycles per unit of time, or frequency of decision-making, is determined by the duration of each stage and the quality of connections.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Urban Logistics
EditorsJason Monios, Lucy Budd, Stephen Ison
Place of PublicationOxon/New York, NY
PublisherRoutledge - Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-24147-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-14857-1, 978-1-032-14858-8
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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