With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE17 ENV/GR/000215 and the co-financing of Green Fund, Greece
Six European cities to experiment with 'digital twins' for urban logistics
A Horizon 2020-funded project aims to create 'digital twins' of urban logistics networks in six European cities in order to support the experimentation and decision making with on-demand logistics operations in a public-private urban setting. The project that will be doing this is called LEAD, which stands for Low-Emission Adaptive last mile logistics supporting 'on Demand economy' through digital twins.
The dawn of on-demand logistics poses many challenges to operators, which are struggling to accommodate customers' expectations for responsive logistics systems that deliver products at low or even zero cost. Such is the case for small and large-scale consumer platforms, that pledge swift delivery times with little economic incentive for the creation of sustainable systems. The so-called “Uberisation of logistics” is putting increased pressure on cities, which are now facing potentially negative consequences from this phenomenon, alongside the unpredictability of market developments.