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An Exact Method for Vehicle Routing and Truck Driver Scheduling Problems

Jacobs University, School of Engineering and Science, Technical Report No. 33

30 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2014 Last revised: 17 Oct 2014

Asvin Goel

Kühne Logistics University

Stefan Irnich

University of Mainz - Gutenberg School of Economics and Management

Date Written: October 17, 2014

Abstract

In most developed countries working hours of truck drivers are constrained by hours of service regulations. When optimizing vehicle routes, trucking companies must consider these constraints in order to assure that drivers can comply with the regulations. This paper studies the combined vehicle routing and truck driver scheduling problem (VRTDSP), which generalizes the well-known vehicle-routing problem with time windows by considering working hour constraints. A branch-and-price algorithm for solving the VRTDSP with U.S. hours of service regulations is presented. This is the first algorithm that solves the VRTDSP to proven optimality.

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Goel, Asvin and Irnich, Stefan, An Exact Method for Vehicle Routing and Truck Driver Scheduling Problems (October 17, 2014). Jacobs University, School of Engineering and Science, Technical Report No. 33. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2507375

Asvin Goel (Contact Author)

Kühne Logistics University ( email )

Großer Grasbrook 17
Hamburg, 20457
Germany

Stefan Irnich

University of Mainz - Gutenberg School of Economics and Management ( email )

Mainz
Germany

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