Engineers at Oregon State University are studying a new approach to organize and route truck transportation that could save millions of dollars, improve the quality of life for truck drivers and make freight transportation far more efficient.
The study, published recently in Transportation Research Part E, looks at the downfalls of existing approaches to truck transportation, including “point to point,” in which one driver stays with a full load all the way to its often-distant destination; “hub and spoke” systems, in which less-than-full loads are changed at selected points; and “relay” networks in which the drivers change but the load stays on the truck.
“None of these systems by themselves are ideal for long-haul transport,” researchers said in a release. “The hub and spoke system is among the most popular with drivers because they get home much more frequently, but it can be costly and inefficient for full-truckload transportation. Relay networks make sense in theory but are difficult to implement.”
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