Cost Savings from AVMC Systems in Trucking

by Susan F. Hallowell, Univ of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States,
Edward K. Morlok, Univ of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States,
Lazar N. Spasovic, Univ of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Applications of Advanced Technologies in Transportation Engineering


The paper presents a brief overview of a methodology by which the cost savings of advanced vehicle monitoring and communication (AVMC) systems in long distance or intercity trucking can be quantified. The model can be used for two purposes: (1) for initial feasibility studies of AVMC systems, and (2) for evaluation of systems that are in place. The model is formulated as an engineering or unit cost model, in which various capital and operating costs are determined on both a before-tax and after-tax basis, before and after introduction of the AVMC system. The model has been applied to various situations, and results indicate that the AVMC systems are beneficial over a wide range of circumstances.

Subject Headings: Trucks | Feasibility studies | Traffic surveillance | Systems engineering | Assets | Social factors | Communication systems | Interurban travel

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