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Disruptive change in logistics with automated freight transport


The LEVITATE project stands for ‘Societal Level Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicles’. This project led by Loughborough University brings together 12 partners from 10 countries including renowned research institutes, local authorities and global partners. LEVITATE (Horizon 2020) is building tools to help European cities, regions and national governments prepare for a future with increasing levels of automated vehicles in passenger cars, urban transport services and urban logistics.

Connected automated transport systems (CATS) introduced new logistic concepts which have disruptive changes. Freight transport is the physical process of transporting commodities and merchandise goods and cargo. Freight transport is one of the three use cases in the LEVITATE project, beside transport and passenger cars. The overall goal is:

  • to identify how each area of impact (safety, environment, economy and society) will be affected by the introduction and transition of CATS in freight transport,
  • to assess its impacts, benefits and costs,•to test interactions of the examined impactsof freight transport, and
  • to prioritise considerations for a public policy support tool to help authority decisions.

You can have a look at the whole article on Automated Freight Transport here.

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