FIDEUS addresses the sustainable development research domain "innovative non polluting means of transport to achieve a more effective organisation of urban transport". The aim of the project is to provide a complementary set of vehicle solutions to suppor t an innovative approach to the organisation of urban freight transport, in line with political strategies to safeguard the 'liveability' of cities, while being compatible with efficient logistics. Urban freight delivery is both a contributor to and victi m of the growing congestion in urban areas which exposes the population to noise, pollution and nuisance. The target of FIDEUS is to contribute in a practical way to the economic livelihood of business and retail activities located in the city with polic ies oriented towards more sustainable mobility. This requires a concerted effort of stakeholders whose interests are often perceived as conflicting. FIDEUS promotes a co-ordinated approach involving the automotive industry, logistics companies and city dec ision-makers. The aim is to make available appropriate vehicles, to ensure that delivery operations are efficient, and that cities have the necessary information and tools to be able to define and manage effective mobility policies for goods traffic. To p rovide such a solution requires a rethinking of distribution logistics in the context of the whole delivery chain. Since there is no single optimum vehicle, FIDEUS proposes a complementary range of three vehicle types, including an innovative "clean" go ods carrier, an adapted 3.5-ton van and 12-ton truck. These all incorporate advanced technologies and equipment, including a new urban goods container, to improve operational efficiency and minimise the environmental impact. The logistics management focu ses on achieving saturation of vehicle load capacity, making significant improvements in the efficiency of transhipment operations, and integration of delivery operations within city traffic.
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Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project