Freight transport has often been neglected in urban traffic management. Though it is very important for the business and life of a city, commercial traffic has never been given much attention in the transport planning process. Traffic congestion, scarcity of loading and unloading areas in city centres, and sub-optimal delivery routes negatively influence the efficiency. In addition, freight transport contributes to environmental problems and traffic congestion, as well as to safety concerns.
The SMARTFREIGHT project wants to make urban freight transport more efficient, environmentally friendly and safe by answering to challenges related to traffic management, freight distribution management, and a better coordination between the two:
The main aim of SMARTFREIGHT is therefore to specify, implement and evaluate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions that integrate urban traffic management systems with the management of freight and logistics in urban areas. The actual transport operations carried out by the freight distribution vehicles will be controlled and supported by means of wireless communication infrastructure and on-board and on-cargo equipment.