2019 Conference Program

Stream 8: Road Freight – Pathway to Efficiency

Day 1: Tuesday, December 10

Opening Address and Conference Overview
08:45 - 09:20

Road Freight – Pathway to Efficiency
09:30 - 17:30


Dr Thomas Novak
C-ITS program and safety manager
Swarco Futurit


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
Georgia Kaiser
Senior manager business innovation
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.


A revolutionary sustainable delivery utility – delivering the future today

Huw Thomas
Development director
The way we transport goods, namely putting them onto vehicles and the same vehicles onto roads, has remained fundamentally unchanged for over 100 years. Increased urbanization, more e-commerce and higher expectations around delivery and service, combined with global environmental concerns, inadequate infrastructure and reduced access including congestion-charging ultra-low-emission zones, mean innovative new solutions are required. This presentation will explore the challenges and the solutions including Magway's solution to transport goods through small-diameter pipes, enabling multi-modal final-mile deliveries, returns and waste management. It will also discuss improving air quality, congestion, road safety and customer service sustainably and affordably toward a zero-emissions 2050 UK target.

10:45 - 11:25



Autonomous driving and platooning – pilot applications and experiences from a real-world application

Chung Anh Tran
Head of autonomous driving – road transport
Deutsche Bahn AG
Autonomous driving will change transport processes and generate new business models in logistics. Deutsche Bahn is striving to integrate this innovation into its processes and drive the transformation process forward. Strategically, the company would therefore like to position itself in the best way possible for the future, with partnerships and pilot projects as in the case of EDDI. Our findings show that operating electronically linked trucks on German motorways is safe, technically reliable and easily applicable in the routine of a logistics company. These are the key results of the world's first field test with truck platoons in real logistics operations.


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.

12:40 - 14:00



The evolution from the physical internet to a holistic ecosystem of transportation

Steffen Kaup
Future research transport and logistics
Daimler AG
The world of transport is undergoing one of the greatest changes of its time. Increasing demand for transport requires innovative efficiency concepts such as the physical internet. The increasing shortage of drivers is leading to highly automated driving. The role of transport vehicles is changing from moving goods containers to being highly networked mobile logistics hubs. The transport industry is on the way to a holistically networked ecosystem.


Rise of the road pilots

James Tillyer
Eleven million truck and bus drivers in Europe face an uncertain future because of vehicle autonomy. This presentation will introduce Steer to Career, an EU-funded project that seeks to encourage the development of professional drivers to reduce the future impact of mass redundancy and to get companies thinking about how they can use their drivers' experience and skills to go from being 'just a driver' to becoming a road pilot. The speaker will offer scenarios and predictions based on research, and discuss the technical and social skills needed for the future.


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.

15:15 - 15:55



Supply chain visibility and last-mile delivery – optimization with location intelligence

Bart Coppelmans
Head of logistic industry solutions
Here Technologies
The presentation will begin with an overview of the logistics industry's most pressing pain points. We will then explore how location intelligence can solve supply chain visibility and last-mile delivery challenges, why data collectives are the future, and how the industry can benefit from data sharing. We will also address how logistics players can improve customer experience by sharing data and value-added services.


The tortoise, the hare and the kangaroo – who will win the race to change the freight market?

Andrew Scott
Head of product management and homologation
Renault Trucks
As in Aesop’s fable where the tortoise and the hare compete in a race, many technologies and service solutions are competing to transform the freight transportation sector. Will initiatives such as electrification, platooning or new fuel solutions prove to be tortoises or hares in the race; are there game-changers that will deliver such a ‘leap’ in progress that we consider them kangaroos? As the freight sector deals with low margins, unprecedented external pressures and high investment costs what are the factors that will determine how the race plays out, will the race rules even stay the same, and how might different stakeholders work together to increase their chances of success?


Cooperative truck platooning in Austria – lessons learned

Dr Thomas Novak
C-ITS program and safety manager
Swarco Futurit
Enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of freight transport is one key issue for logistics companies and has been a rather challenging task due to steadily increasing volumes of goods. One approach for setting up a smart and sustainable logistics system is using some form of truck platooning combined with C-ITS solutions. The Austrian flagship project Connecting Austria (2018-2020) investigates four specific C-ITS use cases for semi-automated and energy-efficient truck platoons. The key objective is the evidence-based evaluation of energy-efficient, cooperative and connected truck platooning.
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