A new LEAD Living Lab has been launched in Madrid, by LEAD partners and CITYlogin. The pilot initiative will promote a more sustainable distribution of goods to the end-consumer. This includes restaurant, supermarket and store home delivery, as well as the transportation of larger goods.
Through the creation of 'digital twins', the CIVITAS LEAD project analyses last-mile logistics and low emissions. The new micro logistics hub in the underground parking lot of the Plaza Mayor in central Madrid will facilitate the public-private collaboration so integral for a broad expansion of last-mile logistics systems. A fleet of 100% electric motorcycles specifically adapted for urban distribution will ensure the sustainable delivery of goods.
The operating data gathered from the hub will feed into a Digital Twin model of Madrid. The Digital Twin is a virtual replica of the city that, through the incorporation of real-time data, allows for the simulation and prediction of possible future operations. As a result, city planners and decision-makers are supplied with the information they need to develop more sustainable last-mile logistics models.
During the opening ceremony, the micro logistics hub was visited by a range of representatives and special guests who were able to see first-hand the implementation of this innovative pilot project. The guests included Delegate for Environment and Mobility, Borja Carabante; EMT’s Managing Director, Alfonso Sánchez; and the general director of CITYlogin Ibérica, Alfonso López.
Read the press release launched by EMT Madrid here (in Spanish).
The LEAD project will create Digital Twins of urban logistics networks in six TEN-T urban nodes (Madrid, The Hague, Lyon, Budapest, Oslo, Porto). By doing so, it will support experimentation and decision-making with on-demand logistics operations in a public-private urban setting. Digital Twins are a digital replica of a complex real-world urban environment that represents different processes, actors, and their interaction.
Author: Claudia Ribeiro