DynaHUBS is a new innovative application designed to accelerate sustainability through community-driven delivery of small goods to end consumers.
Home delivery of packages, groceries and other small goods are becoming more prevalent. The challenge is how best to deliver goods to the home – “the last mile scenario” – without increasing vehicle numbers, emissions or urban traffic.
DynaHUBS novel technology and business model provides new ways of connecting routes, and increasing capacity for door-to-door cargo and freight.
DynaHubs is a peer-to-peer solution similar to carpooling. It is in fact a cargo/package pooling operation. DynaHubs does not bring more vehicles to the neighbourhood; it makes use of vehicles already going there.
DynaHUBS provides virtual meeting points that form a Physical Internet using existing transportation infrastructures, enabling switching between different modes of transport, cancelling of unnecessary journeys, shortening of routes and shareing of capacity between vehicles, goods and people within the “Physical Internet”.
As DynaHUBS consists of living mechanisms, it changes dynamically according to users’ needs, traffic patterns, weather conditions, and extreme situations such as natural- or man-made disasters.
Field Trials – the first Field Operation Test (FOT) of the DynaHUBS solution was carried out in Brussels in July 2017. 31 users took part, carrying out 128 deliveries during the 12-day trial.
After months of development and fine-tuning, this field test was the first opportunity to assess the “real” interest from end-users for the application. The number of deliveries completed coupled with the positive feedback confirmed the potential of DynaHUBs as an innovative crowd-sourced urban logistics solution.
In September a second round of FOTs will be conducted in Stockholm and again in Brussels & Antwerp. The DynaHUBs team will be aim ing to attract an even higher number of testers.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 720657
The project is funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 (FTI) and will last until July 2018th.