vehicle routing Articles

  • Solid waste routing

    In today’s struggling economy we are all forced to look at ways to reduce expenses. This applies to private and public operations equally. For the private operation, priorities are placed on maintaining profits—a difficult task in a competitive industry. Raising rates is typically met with resistance from customers, as well as opens a door for competitors to move in. For the public ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Enhancing your bottom line: waste and recycling collection vehicle routing optimization

    The waste industry has seen more changes than most of us can keep up with, not only within the most recent few years, but largely over the past three decades. Most company owners and solid waste industry management say the same thing, “I remember when we picked up the trash and took it all to the landfill.” A far cry from where the industry is today. Now there are rules, ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • A hybrid heuristic for inventory routing problem

    This paper addresses an inventory routing problem in vendor managed inventory systems with explicit consideration of buffer stock levels at warehouses. The problem involves a manufacturer delivering a product to a set of warehouses with available fleet capacity with the objective of minimising transportation and inventory costs. We have developed an integer linear programme (ILP) and proposed a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An intelligent battery information management system to support information sharing and vehicle routing planning for battery distribution in Hong Kong

    Recently, the deployment of electric vehicles (EV) has been recognised as a key element for establishing sustainable transport systems within countries. Research studies have been conducted to tackle challenges regarding the commercial introduction of EV. However, the current plug–in EV infrastructure poses operational limitations, causing users refusing to change from fossil–fuelled vehicles to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Inconvenient Truth about Electric Vehicles

    Politicians and press are extolling the virtues of the electric vehicles (EV's) that are coming to market in 2011 and the Government provides a subsidy of £5,000 pe- car. It is said that EV's solve both the air quality and global warming issues. Well there is no doubt they are very good for local air aualitv. but what about reducinq C02 emissions? First, let's consider what an EV is ...


    By CNG Services Limited

  • Are self-driving vehicles good for the environment?

    Autonomous transportation has lots of advantages. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions could be one of them. Can autonomous cars be a boon for the environment? The transportation sector is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, accounting for 27 ...


    By Ensia

  • On the preventive management of sediment-related sewer blockages: a combined maintenance and routing optimization approach

    In this work we tackle the problem of planning and scheduling preventive maintenance (PM) of sediment-related sewer blockages in a set of geographically distributed sites that are subject to non-deterministic failures. To solve the problem, we extend a combined maintenance and routing (CMR) optimization approach which is a procedure based on two components: (a) first a maintenance model is ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • In-Vehicle exposures to particulate matter and black carbon

    ABSTRACTIn-vehicle exposures to particulate matter (PM) and black carbon (BC) can be a significant part of personal totalexposure. The purpose of this study was to identify determinants of the in-vehicle pollutant level. This study measured in-vehicle exposure to PM number concentrations using an aerosol spectrometer and BC concentration by an aethalometer. The measurement was repeated 3 ...

  • How to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles in Canada

    Currently, there are close to 18,500 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road in Canada, 5 years after they were introduced to market. Still, Canada has half the number of EVs per inhabitant compared with the United States. For Electric Mobility Canada (EMC), it is time to establish a strong national policy to bring EVs from an early adopter’s market to a mass ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Path planning for marine fleet using heuristic approach

    Nowadays, the use of unmanned vehicles for border monitoring is taking over in order to reduce the effort of human operators. This paper addresses the problem of the coastal patrolling by proposing a solution based on unmanned underwater and surface vehicles. The focus of the work is on the design of the routes for the unmanned vehicles so as to optimise the limited mission range of the robotic ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Fleet management: saving time, saving dollars

    Running an effective fleet operation is all about efficiencies—especially time efficiencies. According to industry research, the global market for fleet management solutions will experience significant growth over the next few years. The current economic climate, shrinking profit margins and sustainability goals have all driven the demand for technology solutions to improve efficiencies and ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • A multi–agent approach for dynamic production and distribution scheduling

    In an age when enterprises are increasingly dependent on their suppliers and customers, individual companies should broaden their scope in order to include other organisations participating in the same value chain. Consequently, different parties of the chain ought to exchange information to make sound decisions in order to cut down global costs or improve customer service. This paper proposes a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Third of three parts: Transformative technology: Laying the foundation for high tech tools in today’s modern Hauler

    In the second part of this series (November 2010), we covered the transformative effects that incab technology can have on the driver experience. From the elimination of paperwork to reduced route time, in-cab hardware can be a valuable and highly effective tool in a driver’s arsenal. With the rich collection of data that on-board systems can send back from the field, the effects on back ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Improved Driver Training with the Latest Version of Omnitracs Roadnet Anywhere

    The latest version of Roadnet Anywhere, v4.2, helps improve driver training with added features in Telematics — a driver ID and driver buzzer. The driver buzzer is an in-cab buzzer that plugs into the Telematics device and can alert drivers in real time when their driving behavior, such as speeding and harsh events, exceeds a limit set by the manager. This buzzer provides real-time driver ...


    By Omnitracs, LLC

  • A contribution to the modelling and the resolution of a multi–objective dial a ride problem

    The paper describes a system for the solution of dial a ride problem (DRP). Dial a ride problem (DRP) is to take over the passenger from a place of departure to a place of arrival. It is characterised by a set of transport demands and a number of vehicles available. The ultimate aim is to offer an alternative to displacement optimised individually and collectively. The DRP is classified as ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Second of three parts: Transformative technology: Laying the foundation for high tech tools in today’s modern hauler

    In part one of this series (Waste AdvantagE Magazine, October 2010), we covered the key components of an automated waste management system and some of the transformative benefits that could be obtained by its installation. Part two of this series will hone in on the various technologies available for the truck; specifically, what tools are out there and how they can dramatically improve the ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • An optimisation model for optimal and sustainable distribution

    In many companies, a large share of costs in value chains is due to the distribution logistics. The problem is known as the vehicle routing problem (VRP) and many different algorithms are used for approximate solutions. The main point of the problem is to carry out deliveries from the central storage facility to all customers incurring minimal costs. This paper aims to present development and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • SoNoScout rides the trams

    Sound Quality and Vehicle Condition Research to evaluate sound signals inside trams has been undertaken using Brüel& Kjær binaural microphones, Time Data Recorder and PULSE data acquisition and analysis system. The tests were performed on a number of trams manufactured between 1908 and 2008, on normal town routes. Based on acoustical, spatial recordings, the initial quality ...

  • RSD technology for MBTA bus fleet emissions

    Exhaust emissions from transit buses have long been a concern for air quality officials. Agencies have been investing millions of dollars in advanced and clean fuel technologies to reduce emissions from their bus fleets. Generally, the only information available about the emission characteristics of these vehicles comes from expensive engine- and chassis-dynomometer tests. Relatively little is ...

  • Waiting strategies for the dynamic dial-a-ride problem

    The dial-a-ride service is a form of demand responsive transport that delivers passenger requests from their specified origins to destinations with desired time windows. It is usually used as a mean to provide transport for people who are not able to access a private transportation conveniently, or as a transport policy to encourage share rides and reduce driving. In this study, the authors ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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