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The Future of Automated Freight Transport

Concepts, Design and Implementation Edited by Rob Konings, Senior Researcher, Freight Transport Systems, OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies, Delft University of Technology, Hugo Priemus, Professor Emeritus of System Innovation and Spatial Development, Delft University of Technology and Peter Nijkamp, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands and the Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iasi, Iasi, Romania
This book explores the many challenges faced by the development and implementation of automated freight transport systems. It offers a unique overview of current applications, developments and future perspectives. The subject of automation is not covered extensively in the existing literature on freight transport and this book aims to fill the gap.
Extent: 352 pp
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Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 978 1 84542 239 4
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This book explores the many challenges faced by the development and implementation of automated freight transport systems. It offers a unique overview of current applications, developments and future perspectives. The subject of automation is not covered extensively in the existing literature on freight transport and this book aims to fill the gap.

In view of the increasing difficulties in coping with growing transport volumes in an efficient and sustainable way, the development of new automated freight applications could be a viable alternative. The first chapters of the book are devoted to an overview of concepts and current research developments in automated transport, outlining the opportunities, barriers and threats for further development paths for different transport modes. The authors then go on to focus on innovative tools to design and evaluate these new transport developments. The book closes with a detailed and critical analysis of what is, probably, the most critical part of system innovation; that is the implementation of automated systems.

Written from a multi-disciplinary perspective, which reflects the diversity of the relevant issues needing consideration when designing, developing and implementing such systems, this book will be an invaluable source for scholars and researchers of innovation and transport studies. In addition, the book will be useful to policymakers and practitioners involved in the design, development and implementation of new technologies for freight transport. It may also appeal to wider readers with an interest in the future of freight transport systems.
‘. . . many of the principles and case studies presented in this volume should remain both current and comprehensive for the foreseeable future. . . it is likely to be a popular purchase.’
– John Dinwoodie, Journal of Transport Geography
Contributors: A. Bos, A. Bose, J. Dahlgren, J. Evers, E.-D. Gilles, I. Hansen, S. Heidmeier, P. Ioannou, R. Konings, D. Levinson, A. Lutz, M. Minderhoud, P. Nijkamp, B.-J. Pielage, H. Priemus, J. Rijsenbrij, C. Seibt, S. Shladover, J. Siegmann, J. Stoop, M. Tabibi, A. van Binsbergen, A. Verbraeck, C. Versteegt, M. Weber, M. de Weerdt, C. Witteveen, X. Zou
Contents:
Preface
1. The Future of Automated Freight Transport: An Overview
Rob Konings, Hugo Priemus and Peter Nijkamp
Part I: Automated Freight Transport: Concepts and Perspectives
2. Road Transport Automation: Current Projects
Steven Shladover
3. Improved Quality of Rail Freight Service by Using Self-Propelled Freight Wagons
Jürgen Siegmann and Sven Heidmeier
4. Opportunities for Automated Inland Navigation
Alexander Lutz and Ernst-Dieter Gilles
5. Developments in Underground Freight Transportation
Ben-Jaap Pielage and Joan Rijsenbrij
6. Road–Rail Hybrid Transport: A New Modality for the Rhine–Schelde Delta Area
Joop Evers
7. Automated Vehicle Control
Petros Ioannou and Arnab Bose
8. Automated Traffic Control for Freight Transport
Michiel Minderhoud and Ingo Hansen
9. Infrastructure and Traffic Flow Issues: Requirements and Implications
Masoud Tabibi
Part II: Automated Freight Transport: Design and Evaluation Tools
10. Supporting the Design of Automated Transport Systems Using Innovative Simulation
Corné Versteegt and Alexander Verbraeck
11. Multi-Agent Systems for Planning and Operational Management
André Bos, Mathijs de Weerdt and Cees Witteveen
12. Evaluation of Automated Freight Transport Systems
Joy Dahlgren
Part III: Automated Freight Transport: Implementation Issues
13. Financing and Deploying Automated Freight Systems
David Levinson and Xi Zou
14. Safety, a Strategic Aspect in Transport Systems Design
John Stoop
15. Integration of Automated and Manned Freight Transport
Arjan van Binsbergen
16. The Role of Government in Introducing Automated Freight Transport Systems
Matthias Weber and Claus Seibt
Index