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Influence of topology and payload on CO2 optimised vehicle routing
  This paper investigates the influence of gradient and payload correction factors used within a CO2 emission model on the solutions to shortest path and travelling salesman problems when applied to freight delivery.
Problem instances based on real life examples using the road network of Scotland are studied. Solutions are obtained using a range of metrics and vehicles. The results are compared to determine if the inclusion of gradient and payload as inputs to the emission model have any influence on the routes taken by vehicles or the order of visiting customers. For the problem instances studied no significant influence was found. However for vehicle routing problems with large differences in payload and hilly road networks further investigation is needed.

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    31 December 2010

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  • Library of Congress:

    HE Transportation and Communications

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    388 Transportation; ground transportation


Scott, C., Urquhart, N. B., & Hart, E. (2010). Influence of topology and payload on CO2 optimised vehicle routing. In Applications of Evolutionary Computing (141-150).



freight delivery; CO2 emission; vehicle routing; gradient; payload;

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