Smart mobility and logistics
Our goal is to contribute to a seamlessly connected logistics system that is more efficient, creates new business opportunities and significantly reduces the output of CO2. We are doing this by facilitating, applying and stimulating logistics concepts. Our work focuses on three themes: self-organizing logistics, data-driven logistics and the transition to CO2-neutral logistics.
The logistics system of the future will be much more self-organizing. We are helping to shape this future and we are providing the sector with frameworks for action to help them prepare for it. We conduct experiments together with businesses to demonstrate how automation and self-organization might work. Examples are autonomous ports and truck platooning. We apply our knowledge to help logistics stakeholders take the right steps towards a better future.
Research by TNO has demonstrated the value of sharing data throughout the entire logistics chain. By combining and enriching all available data on a particular freight, and the availability of trucks, airplanes, trains and ships to carry it, we can make transports of goods much more efficient and allow logistics chains to function more optimally. We are sharing our knowledge of such systems through demonstrator projects at the freight corridor level and the operational management level of the individual logistics stakeholders.
Transition to CO2-neutral logistics
We provide industries and government agencies with insights that lead to frameworks for action for lowering CO2 emissions in the logistics chain based on feasible business cases. Technological measures alone will not be sufficient to achieve the climate targets. We are accelerating the development of innovative logistics solutions by facilitating cooperation in the chain, including increasing the load factor through synchromodal planning, reduction of vehicle kilometres through innovations in construction logistics and the use of zero-emissions vehicles in urban logistics.
The Paris climate targets entail a major challenge for the logistics sector. By 2050, the sector as a whole (including transport) will need to be at least six times more efficient. It is not sufficient...
Data-driven Logistics: the future of logistics
Logistics companies are often wary of sharing competitively sensitive data, which is entirely understandable. However, combining and enriching digital data is an excellent way to make logistics processes...