Urban logistics is one of the central keywords in relation to the movement of goods and describes the transport of goods in urban areas. This refers to all movements within a city district, both in terms of supplying end customers and in terms of supplying retail, industry, or trade. Here, courier, express and parcel services (CEP) are of significance in terms of traffic volume, both in the B2C and B2B sector. Especially in residential areas, the vehicles of the well-known service providers are particularly conspicuous, but also the forwarding traffic in the city centres with larger vehicle categories plays a decisive role in supplying the population as well as in the traffic load of urban areas.
These challenges call for sustainable and efficient solutions to which PTV contributes. We are researching new concepts for delivery processes in urban areas, the intelligent use of digitization possibilities and considering the use of alternative drives for delivery vehicles. In addition, PTV offers powerful and scalable software solutions for planning, routing and navigation of fleets in urban areas. Research projects are helping to further develop the applications, outline future use cases and design future urban policy developments.