Innovative means of cargo transport: A scalable method for estimating regional impacts

Reinhold Schodl, Sandra Eitler, Bernhard Ennser, Andreas Breinbauer, Bin Hu, Karin Markvica, Matthias Prandtstetter, Jürgen Zajicek, Thomas Berger, Sarah Pfoser, Claudia Berkowitsch, Georg Hauger

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The integration of innovative means of transport, like the Hyperloop concept, cargo drones and cargo zeppelins, into existing transport networks presents a challenge not only from a technological point of view, but also has various economic, social, and ecological impacts. Therefore, this work estimates regional impacts of a connection utilizing innovative means of transport. The presented scalable method is not limited to a specific type or number of regions, but capable to estimate the impacts of large-scale transport networks covering a great number of diverse regions. The work contributes to quantitative transport network modelling, as it provides a method for the quantification of essential regional impacts, which can be incorporated into comprehensive transport network models. The applicability of the method is demonstrated with a real-life example. As a result, values of an impact indicator for selected international regions are available for a set of innovative means of transport.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-349
Number of pages8
JournalTransportation Research Procedia
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2018 EURO Mini Conference on Advances in Freight Transportation and Logistics, emc-ftl 2018 - Padova, Italy
Duration: 7 Mar 20189 Mar 2018


  • cargo drone
  • cargo zeppelin
  • Hyperloop
  • regional impact
  • transportation network analysis


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