Results: Policy position paper

AVATAR project partners Logistics Initiative Hamburg and POM Oost-Vlaanderen have created a Policy Position Paper. Key policy-related findings of the AVATAR project have been summarized.

In the AVATAR Policy Position Paper, 8 key issues are included that governance actors need to address in particular to advance city freight distribution via waterways and highly autonomous inland navigation.

Read more about the following 8 topics:

1. Economic viability of urban freight distribution solutions on waterways are highly dependent on municipal and regional transport policy;

2. See the big picture with regard to socio-economic and environmental benefits vs. economic viability;

3. Infrastructure needs to be in shape;

4. Autonomous (inland) shipping needs a legal framework;

5. Liability frameworks need to be revised for autnomous (inland) shipping;

6. Pilots, pilots, pilots;

7. Leading by example - Cities need to get active with their own use cases;

8. Bureaucracy and fragmented responsibilities prevent the implementation of innovative solutions.

Feedback is welcome to Thomas Brauner ( and Tom Pauwels (