Smart mobility and logistics

TNO develops knowledge and methods for creating intelligent and sustainable logistics flows. We are helping to develop the strategy for the Dutch mainport region of the future as a major hub in worldwide goods flows. We are also studying how ICT can be applied to make logistics chains function more effectively and we are helping to design, manage and plan joint logistics processes. To this end, we deploy methods such as serious gaming, living labs and traffic models.

Our goal is to contribute to a seamlessly connected logistics system that is more efficient, creates new business opportunities and significantly reduces the output of CO2. We are doing this by facilitating, applying and stimulating logistics concepts. Our work focuses on three themes: self-organizing logistics, data-driven logistics and the transition to CO2-neutral logistics.

Self-organizing logistics

The logistics system of the future will be much more self-organizing. We are helping to shape this future and we are providing the sector with frameworks for action to help them prepare for it. We conduct experiments together with businesses to demonstrate how automation and self-organization might work. Examples are autonomous ports and truck platooning. We apply our knowledge to help logistics stakeholders take the right steps towards a better future.

Data-driven logistics

Research by TNO has demonstrated the value of sharing data throughout the entire logistics chain. By combining and enriching all available data on a particular freight, and the availability of trucks, airplanes, trains and ships to carry it, we can make transports of goods much more efficient and allow logistics chains to function more optimally. We are sharing our knowledge of such systems through demonstrator projects at the freight corridor level and the operational management level of the individual logistics stakeholders.

Transition to CO2-neutral logistics

We provide industries and government agencies with insights that lead to frameworks for action for lowering CO2 emissions in the logistics chain based on feasible business cases. Technological measures alone will not be sufficient to achieve the climate targets. We are accelerating the development of innovative logistics solutions by facilitating cooperation in the chain, including increasing the load factor through synchromodal planning, reduction of vehicle kilometres through innovations in construction logistics and the use of zero-emissions vehicles in urban logistics.

Our work

Smart logistics at sea

Improving the sustainability of maritime transport, inland navigation and ports. TNO is working on this with research into circularity, smart logistics, fuel-efficient propulsion systems and alternative... Read more

Real-time signal from bicycle can reduce number of serious accidents

04 February 2021
Research done by TNO, Bosch and Shimano shows: additional communication improves car’s emergency brake system. Read more

New TNO hydrogen lab brings hydrogen as a clean fuel closer

04 February 2021
TNO's Innovation Centre for Sustainable Powertrains (ICSP) in Helmond is firmly committed to the application of hydrogen. On Wednesday 3 February, the first large quantity of this clean gas was delivered... Read more

Case study analysis: Governance models for Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

26 January 2021
TNO has conducted research into the various governance models for Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. MaaS is a concept that is developing worldwide,... Read more

SMART and Safe Traffic and Transport

Drs. Merle Blok

  • sustainable transport
  • logistics

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