AN ADVANCED FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM FOR MEDIUM DISTANCES

An advanced freight transportation system is proposed that is more efficient than conventional trucking systems for medium distances (300 to 500 km). In this system, three trailers are mechanically coupled together at a logistics center, which is located close to an expressway interchange. The multi-coupled vehicle runs only on the expressways, and then the trailers are de-coupled at another logistics center just off the expressway. In addition to this efficient transit technique, the multi-coupled vehicle uses advanced electronics technology. Braking is controlled electronically using information provided by wheel-speed sensors and wheel-load sensors, and the vehicle position is electronically monitored by artificial satellites to increase delivery efficiency at all times. The system is compared with a conventional trucking system by calculating transportation per ton for manpower including loading in transit, CO2 emissions, energy consumption, and transportation costs on a route from Tokyo to Osaka. Calculations show it reduces transportation costs by 41 percent, manpower by 63 percent, energy consumption by 45 percent, and CO2 emissions by 45 percent. This system shows excellent potential for both private enterprise and society. The multi-coupled trailer transportation system should be studied in detail. Further study topics include assessment of the system, safety, regulation related to commercial vehicle operation, and so on.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Five volumes of papers and one volume of abstracts comprise the published set of conference materials.
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    TORANOMOM 34 MORI BUILDING 1-25-5
    TORANOMON, MINATOKU, TOKYO 105  Japan 
  • Authors:
    • Takagi, T
    • Okada, K
    • Takahashi, S
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  • Publication Date: 1995-11

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 1005

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00722029
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 2
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 1996 12:00AM