Financing and Deploying Automated Freight Systems

THE FUTURE OF AUTOMATED FREIGHT TRANSPORT: CONCEPTS, DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION., pp. 227-242, Rob Konings, Peter Nijkamp and Hugo Peimus, eds., Edward Elgar, 2005

ITS America Annual Meeting Proceedings, 2003

28 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2011

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David Matthew Levinson

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Xi Zou

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Date Written: July 1, 2003

Abstract

New technologies are bringing Automated Freight Systems (AFS), which aim to reduce congestion, mitigate environmental impacts and enhance public safety, to fruition. The financing and deployment issues of AFS differ from other Intelligent Transport System applications. This chapter briefly introduces major concepts of AFS. The financing strategies for these concepts are discussed, in which the government subsidies play an important role through the use of public-private partnership. Economies of scale and externalities of the current and new systems are discussed. In the discussion of the deployment of AFS, it is suggested that deployment schemes are highly correlated with financing strategies.

Keywords: Automated Freight Systems, transportation, intelligent transport system, finance

JEL Classification: R40

Suggested Citation

Levinson, David Matthew and Zou, Xi, Financing and Deploying Automated Freight Systems (July 1, 2003). THE FUTURE OF AUTOMATED FREIGHT TRANSPORT: CONCEPTS, DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION., pp. 227-242, Rob Konings, Peter Nijkamp and Hugo Peimus, eds., Edward Elgar, 2005; ITS America Annual Meeting Proceedings, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1748610

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