A new era for urban logistics vehicles
Pollution, congestion, and decarbonisation are the three challenges cities are dealing with. When adding the long-term United Nations projections, raising demographics will only heighten pressure with over 65% of the global population living in urban areas in 2050.
Public authorities must adapt the infrastructure design as well as transportation modes if they want to comply with international environmental agreements. In this context, public authorities are tempted to ban commercial vehicles from urban areas without concerns for trade and the distribution of goods. This is an even bigger concern in the context of decarbonisation with the upcoming bans of Internal Combustion Engines in several cities and countries. Over the coming years, this potential disruption will equally affect e-commerce, warehouses, and platforms. Van and trucks manufacturers will play a pivotal role in making vans and small trucks part of the future urban landscape.
What are the key safety and operational challenges encountered by these vehicles? How should they design future vehicles? Will the next generation of small trucks and urban vans revolutionise last mile logistics? How will they upgrade safety in cities? Will new rules force operators to buy new vehicle types for urban delivery? Which solutions and services have proven their efficiency? Can operating mixed fleets be good for safety and for business? Where will the market go?