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Enabling a freight traffic controller for collaborative multidrop urban logistics: Practical and theoretical challenges

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Enabling a freight traffic controller for collaborative multidrop urban logistics : Practical and theoretical challenges. / Allen, Julian; Bektaş, Tolga; Cherrett, Tom; Friday, Adrian; McLeod, Fraser; Piecyk, Maja; Piotrowska, Marzena; Zaltz Austwick, Martin.

In: Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2609, No. 1, 01.01.2017, p. 77-84.

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Allen, J, Bektaş, T, Cherrett, T, Friday, A, McLeod, F, Piecyk, M, Piotrowska, M & Zaltz Austwick, M 2017, 'Enabling a freight traffic controller for collaborative multidrop urban logistics: Practical and theoretical challenges', Transportation Research Record, vol. 2609, no. 1, pp. 77-84. https://doi.org/10.3141/2609-09

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Allen, J., Bektaş, T., Cherrett, T., Friday, A., McLeod, F., Piecyk, M., Piotrowska, M., & Zaltz Austwick, M. (2017). Enabling a freight traffic controller for collaborative multidrop urban logistics: Practical and theoretical challenges. Transportation Research Record, 2609(1), 77-84. https://doi.org/10.3141/2609-09

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Allen J, Bektaş T, Cherrett T, Friday A, McLeod F, Piecyk M et al. Enabling a freight traffic controller for collaborative multidrop urban logistics: Practical and theoretical challenges. Transportation Research Record. 2017 Jan 1;2609(1):77-84. https://doi.org/10.3141/2609-09

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Allen, Julian ; Bektaş, Tolga ; Cherrett, Tom ; Friday, Adrian ; McLeod, Fraser ; Piecyk, Maja ; Piotrowska, Marzena ; Zaltz Austwick, Martin. / Enabling a freight traffic controller for collaborative multidrop urban logistics : Practical and theoretical challenges. In: Transportation Research Record. 2017 ; Vol. 2609, No. 1. pp. 77-84.

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