Innovative solutions for last-mile delivery have sparked great interest among consumers and logistics operators. The combination of new technologies with existing ones can lead to new possible last-mile delivery configurations, among which truck-drone joint delivery is one of the most promising. This paper evaluates the environmental and economic sustainability of a last-mile delivery solution involving electric trucks equipped with drones, and it provides a comparison with traditional logistics systems. The comparative life cycle assessment methodology is used to quantify the greenhouse gas emissions per parcel delivered. The total cost of ownership methodology is adopted for the economic analysis. Results suggest that the truck-drone alternative leads to significant emissions reductions, while its cost performance is primarily affected by the drone automation level.

Truck-based drone delivery system: An economic and environmental assessment

Siragusa C.;Seghezzi A.;Mangiaracina R.;Tumino A.
2022-01-01

Abstract

Innovative solutions for last-mile delivery have sparked great interest among consumers and logistics operators. The combination of new technologies with existing ones can lead to new possible last-mile delivery configurations, among which truck-drone joint delivery is one of the most promising. This paper evaluates the environmental and economic sustainability of a last-mile delivery solution involving electric trucks equipped with drones, and it provides a comparison with traditional logistics systems. The comparative life cycle assessment methodology is used to quantify the greenhouse gas emissions per parcel delivered. The total cost of ownership methodology is adopted for the economic analysis. Results suggest that the truck-drone alternative leads to significant emissions reductions, while its cost performance is primarily affected by the drone automation level.
2022
Drone
Last-mile delivery
Life cycle assessment
Total cost of ownership
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