urban logistics
integrating Automated Vehicles 


Stretching over 1,5 km², Confluence is a distinctive district as it naturally encompasses the peninsula tip of Lyon’s historical centre, while fostering massive urban construction with over a million square metres built between the years 2000 and 2030. Urban policies are looking forward to settling a tranquil and low-motorized environment, hence confronting the pervasive context of automotive mobility. Another goal is to ensure a better share of public spaces. The latter stimulates e-business and therefore disrupts logistics flows and stakeholders.

The Living Lab will test a three-echelon logistics solution with larger depots residing outside of the restricted traffic zone, connected via shuttles to smaller depots within the Confluence area, and subsequently connected to the final clients (shops/consumers) via small sustainable delivery means such as electric cargo bikes and autonomous delivery robots. The disruptive aspects include the use of existing parking infrastructure as an inner-city logistics hub and the combination of AVs/small EDVs for the last mile distribution.


LEAD Strategies to be explored

  • City-Private Parking
  • Depots in and out of city centre, three-echelon network
  • Autonomous Vehicles, delivery robots, EDVs



LEAD will rely on various ongoing and planned experiments to assess the potential of new business models and associated delivery:

  1. Developing the Digital Twin as a decision support tool for local urban delivery policy and assessment of innovative delivery models,
  2. Developing and deploying algorithms for planning and performing dynamic delivery services,
  3. Collaborating with local stakeholders/start-ups (EDVs, AVs) as well as Citizen involvement,
  4. Interaction with the urban mobility smart city plans of Confluence and Grand Lyon Métropole,
  5. Designing and testing an urban delivery service with delivery robots,
  6. Novel business models involving state-of-the-art collaboration platforms.