MANSIO is a software-based transport system for road haulage. It is based on the principle of relay traffic: in the course of a transport, one truck hands over its semi-trailer to another truck.
The costs for transport companies are increasing more and more, so that hardly any profit can be made. Transports with the MANSIO transport system are cheaper than conventional tramp transports and thus offer new opportunities to forwarding companies. The reasons for this are manifold.
A major cost driver is the fixed costs of the trucks. The MANSIO transport system allows trucks to be used twice a day, thus halving the fixed costs per vehicle.
By reducing empty runs and eliminating the need to search for parking spaces, drivers and vehicles can also be deployed much more efficiently. And finally, less expensive vehicles can be used in the MANSIO transport system, as sleeper cabs in particular are no longer required.
In the case of encounter transports, the truck is back at its home location at the end of the shift. It can be used there for a second shift and thus generate additional sales.
In addition, the encounter traffic in a strong network enables freight forwarders to offer their customers new routes without having to worry about return loads. This is because you only drive as far as an encounter point and hand over the trailer there to a transport company that specializes in another region.
In long-distance transport, about 10% of the kilometers driven are empty kilometers. The algorithm behind the MANSIO transport system optimizes transports across forwarders. When matching transports, paired transports are found on all legs of the journey. This reduces empty runs to a minimum. This has a positive effect on transport costs and the environment.
In conventional long-distance transport, a shipment is interrupted to comply with driving and rest periods. For more than half of a day, the truck and its load have to park. In the MANSIO transport system, trailers are handed over along a transport route. If possible, the goods are always on the move and reach their destination much faster. Transport times can easily be halved by such relayed transports.
Cargo theft causes great economic damage, dissatisfaction among customers and stress among drivers. Trucks are usually robbed when they are parked. In the MANSIO transport system, trucks are not parked if possible, but handed over. This significantly reduces the risk of cargo theft.
Lack of parking spaces near the highway leads to inefficient parking search traffic and frustration for the driving personnel. In the MANSIO transport system, specially designated parking spaces are only needed for a short changeover. There is no need to search for a parking space.
In the MANSIO transport system, a truck driver swaps his trailer with another truck driver after half a shift and then returns to his starting point. This allows him to be at home much more often and to combine his job with a private life that can be planned.
The hurdles to using trucks with alternative drives (e.g., electric) in long-distance transport are currently still great for many freight forwarders: short ranges and inadequate charging infrastructure are restrictions that make efficient vehicle use in conventional tramp transport difficult. In the MANSIO transport system, long routes are broken down into short sub-routes. These partial routes are assigned to regional transport companies. Vehicles are thus deployed on short routes that can be easily planned and return to their headquarters on a regular basis. This makes it much easier to get started with electromobility.
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