New transport modes: what impacts and consequences?

From drones to autonomous delivery vehicles or shuttles, there are now many eco-friendly and communicating goods transportation methods. Is this just another evolutionary step in transport modes, or a genuine revolution in the sector?

These new transport modes require an overhaul of delivery rounds and often impose additional costs on transport companies. While the alternative solution to diesel is cheaper, these new ways of transporting goods requires initial investment for which government aid is not yet forthcoming.

These new transport modes also entail a review of traffic and transport legislation. Today still, goods are loaded and unloaded onto vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes. Outside this framework, there are no regulations that govern freight transport.

SOLUTRANS 2019 will address, in addition to legal aspects, the economic perspectives resulting from these new-generation transport modes.