Citizen Cooperative Distributed Logistics System


Citizen Cooperative Distributed Logistics System

The “citizen-collaborative distributed logistics system” is an alternative logistics system that considers the daily movements of individual citizens, such as commuting to work or school, as a logistics network and realizes the movement of goods with the cooperation of people, as well as inducing people-to-people encounters.
The primary mission of existing logistics systems is to send large quantities of goods quickly and cheaply. Should all logistics be like that? For example, is it essential for a purchased book to be delivered the next day when many books are piled up at home? There are items that should not be delivered the next day but could be delivered a week later.
The existing logistics business model relies on distribution volume. Naturally, if the number of people sending goods decreases, the volume of distribution will also decrease. As the population declines, especially in depopulated areas, railroad lines and bus routes are being discontinued due to unprofitability. Similarly, logistics companies are beginning to consider scaling back or even withdrawing from the logistics business in the region.
In fact, the cost of private home delivery in regional cities is rising, and this is beginning to affect the local economy. If logistics companies withdraw, delivery costs will rise dramatically, which will inevitably have a major impact on small farmers and other small businesses.
In order to break out of the existing paradigm and study a new logistics system that solves the last-mile problems of individual delivery, such as cost increases due to population decline, a joint research project was conducted with Denso Corporation. We selected Nayoro City in Hokkaido as a model city for this research. Nayoro was designated as a depopulated area in 2002 and had a declining population, increasing railroad line closures, and an awareness of logistics issues.
Interviews were conducted with the mayor of Nayoro City, logistics companies, and citizens. In parallel, we created a simulation and conducted a theoretical verification to see if it is possible to reach a target point from the random movements of multiple people. Finally, data on the activities of 11 people, mainly university students in the city, was collected over a two-month period, and an analysis of action routes, activity times, etc., was also conducted.
By using technology to open up the everyday activities of many people to others, it is possible to solve problems in the local community. We expect that the technology will not simply transport goods but will also provide an opportunity for communication and revitalize the local community.


Partner: DENSO
Director: Ryuta Aoki
[ Field Research ]
Interviewer: Ryuta Aoki, Narihiro Haneda (DENSO)
[ Theoretical Verification (Simulation) ]
Algorithm Design: Norihiro Maruyama, Atsushi Masumori, Takashi Ikegami
[ Data Analysis ]
Design: Ryuta Aoki
Programming: Kokoro Aoki (VOLOCITEE)

Related Links: