December 10 & 11, 2019
Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center, Vienna, Austria

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Conference Program

Stream 8: Road Freight – Pathway to Efficiency

The concepts enabling an integrated, autonomous urban transport system

Rodrigo Caetano
Business development manager
Scania CV AB
Autonomous vehicles represent an exceptional opportunity to change urban mobility as long as they are integrated into a shared and seamless public transport network. This proposal takes a closer look at concepts that cater to the trunk lines and the first and last mile to enable an autonomous, seamless, shared transport system. The aim is to offer a scalable multimodal solution built on a common platform that is practical, offers seamless transition between different modes, and is inclusive.

Transforming transportation – the challenges in the commercial vehicle industry

Thomas Doering
Senior manager business development
Traton SE
Challenges in the commercial vehicle industry will lead to new thoughts on how to transport goods in the future. Drivers including alternative drivetrains and autonomous driving will require OEMs to significantly transform transportation and to further develop transport solutions for the customers of the future. This presentation will provide an OEM's view on how to tackle the challenges of the industry over the next 10 years.

Anticipating the potential rebounds of mobility and logistics innovations

Ming Chen
Senior consultant
Vehicle automation is targeting a reduction in congestion and improved road safety. Do we pay sufficient attention to potential unintended negative effects? The costs for long-distance road freight transportation could be reduced by 50% when automation is possible on highways (SAE Level 4) some time around 2022. On-demand mobility is particularly interesting where parking fees are highest. What will this all imply for our societal targets? How can we anticipate these rebounds and which new policy tools can we use instead to get a grip on mobility?

Whose truck is it anyway? And will it really matter in an age of AI-driven freight exchange platforms?

Lyall Cresswell
CEO and founder
Transport Exchange Group
It’s the question that every commercial fleet manager is asking. What’s the future of freight transportation? This presentation will reveal why ‘edgeless fleets’ underpinned by AI-driven freight exchange platforms will help fleets flourish in the logistics landscapes of tomorrow. It will demonstrate how freight exchange platforms – and the fleets signed up to them – will square the circle by creating a trust network across the entire supply chain, allowing individual fleets to see the bigger picture – and thrive.

Following Tesla’s lead to accelerate commercial electric vehicles

Jim Castelaz
Motiv Power Systems
Commercial OEMs need to follow a strategy demonstrated early on by Tesla, and stop viewing batteries in the same proprietary manner as their engines. The new 'engine' is not the battery; it is the software that allows the various systems to work in concert. In doing so, OEMs and fleets will be able to competitively buy, use and replace the batteries with the same packs found in passenger cars (just like Tesla’s utilization of laptop batteries), resulting in a future-proofed and de-risked operation with lower costs and more flexibility.

Heavy-duty freight PHEVs: challenges and opportunities through energy and emission management

Dr Steven Wilkins
Senior research scientist
The transition away from fossil fuels means multiple technologies need to be assessed, while still preserving the functionalities that end users have become accustomed to. One vehicle segment in particular is that of heavy-duty freight. Often these vehicles are required to operate in emission-sensitive (geofenced) areas while still preserving the need to operate over longer distances. This work presents innovations on the assessment and optimization of plug-in hybrids for these applications.
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