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The electronic newsletter of the MIT Global SCALE Network Issue #62 THE LEADING EDGE Subscribe to Frontiers 13 universities adopt MicroMasters and launch 18 new programs via edX The ground-breaking MicroMasters program launched by the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics a year ago is entering a new phase. The...

Self-Driving Cars Could Be Boon for Aged, After Initial Hurdles

March 23, 2017
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Single, childless and 68, Steven Gold has begun to think about future mobility and independence. Although in good health, he can foresee a time when he won’t be a confident driver, if he can drive at all. While he hopes to continue to live in his suburban Detroit home, he wonders how he will be able to get to places like his doctor’s office and the supermarket if his driving becomes impaired. For Mr. Gold and other older adults, self-driving cars might be a solution. The number of United States residents age 70 and older is projected to increase to 53.7 million in 2030, from 30.9 million in 20
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Multi-stop truckload has been gaining importance in recent years as part of a shift away from Less-than-truckload freight. In our research, we sought to understand how the price and carrier behavior vary as the number of stops increases. Rational economic theory says that these shipments will be more expensive, and...
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Retailers must coordinate inbound shipments from a large number of vendors. In order to manage capacity, retailers need to have a system to prioritize inbound loads with capacitated carriers. This practice creates a constraint when the number of loads exceeds the capacity of committed carriers due to seasonality and consumer...
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The choice of the location and number of warehouses is a strategic-level decision that can have a long- lasting impact on a firm’s performance. Warehouse locations and their capacities determine how products flow within a firm’s supply chain, which directly influences a firm’s performance in terms of cost and service...
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This thesis analyzes the impact on prices and capacity of trucking industry due to the introduction of ELD mandate. This mandate requires truck drivers to record their working hours in a specified electronic device instead of a pen and paper method. This thesis utilizes the change in average truck driver...

Studying Advanced Vehicle Technologies

June 30, 2016
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Every day, automobiles equipped with increasingly sophisticated autonomous driving technologies are coursing onto the world’s roadways. There is a remarkable amount already known about the capabilities of these technologies, even in the face of unpredictable driving situations. But in addition to the road, these systems must interact with something far more complex: the driver, who is rapidly becoming a part-time passenger in his or her own car. Since its founding in 1999, The MIT AgeLab , part of the Center for Transportation and Logistics at MIT, has studied how humans of all ages interact w

MIT AgeLab and The Hartford research on driverless cars cited in New York Times

June 17, 2016
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According to surveys, no matter the age, American drivers see potential benefits in autonomous vehicles, but they want to be sure the technology works. Safety features and the ability to manually intervene with the vehicles' self-driving technology are concerns for potential drivers. AgeLab’s (New England University Transportation Center Director) Joe Coughlin and The Hartford’s Jodi Olshevski discuss findings from their study showing age may matter less than we think in driverless car technology adoption. Read more at The New York Times

WSJ Guest Voices: Seeking the Value in Supply Chain Visibility

June 14, 2016
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By Jarrod Goentzel and Fredrik Eng Larsson. About 90% of world trade is carried by sea, so you might imagine that being able to track the status of ocean shipments accurately and in real time would be a critical goal for companies looking to improve the management of their supply chains. Yet this operational Holy Grail remains elusive, despite advances in information technology. The complexity of modern supply chains and the challenge of getting shippers, ocean carriers, and intermediaries to agree on common technologies and data standards have proved to be significant barriers to gaining true
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Cuando las empresas consigan encontrar otras formas de recorrer hasta la última milla de las grandes ciudades congestionadas por el tráfico, surgirán nuevas oportunidades de negocio en un amplio y creciente mercado. El Megacity Logistics Lab (Laboratorio de Logística en Mega-ciudades) del MIT (Instituto tecnológico de Massachusetts) está colaborando con...