Project description

The last mile in courier, express and parcel services (CEP transport) poses great challenges for the cities and CEP service providers. On the one hand, the transport infrastructures and the environment of (especially) urban areas are burdened by the numerous transporters (trucks), while on the other hand, CEP service providers strive to optimise their business activities economically.

In order to exploit optimisation potential, particularly in the areas of mileage and vehicle utilisation, the SmartTruck project recorded current vehicle and telematics data such as vehicle position, load status and traffic flow information and permanently transmitted this data to a dynamic route planning and dispatch system.

The project focused on

  • the reduction in transport performance (in km)
  • the increase in vehicle utilisation (in %) and
  • the acceleration of the delivery and collection processes

For this purpose, a before – after comparison of the system status using selected business and traffic indicators was carried out.

For Smart Truck I applied various methods of empirical data collection and transformed the resulting data into information and knowledge.

(Note: The project descriptions modified by me and presented here have been created jointly by the respective project participants)

Further information

project homepage

internal report / not public


2008 – 2009


City Logistics


last mile

smart city

participatory observations