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Paragon Enhances Routing And Scheduling Software To Support Sustainable Vehicle Uptake

20-Feb-2018
Paragon Enhances Routing And Scheduling Software To Support Sustainable Vehicle Uptake
With the transition to low-emission road transport fleets gathering pace, Paragon has enhanced its routing and scheduling software to help customers overcome potential planning challenges associated with sustainable vehicles. As the number of logistics operations committing to electric and hybrid technology grows, this latest development will enable transport planners to better manage vehicles that may have limited ranges.

“Green fleets are firmly on the radar of many logistics operations as they look to minimise environmental impact by moving away from petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles, while also contending with emissions-based restrictions in many urban areas,” explains William Salter, Managing Director of Paragon Software Systems. “With this in mind, we have added functionality to our software solution to simplify the planning process for fleets that combine both sustainable and conventional vehicles.”

Transport planners will now be able to define a vehicle as sustainable which will ensure that the Paragon routing and scheduling software restricts the distance of any trip to the specified maximum range. If any subsequent manual adjustments result in excessive mileage beyond the range of a vehicle a warning will alert the planner to the potential issue.

The importance of this update is underlined by the results of Paragon’s latest UK customer survey. The annual research found that the most significant transport development this year is expected to be around vehicle innovation, especially alternative power sources or autonomous technology. In fact, it found that almost 20% of respondents already have electric or hybrid vehicles, with a further 26% expecting to adopt in the next two years.

“We initially developed this functionality to meet specific customer demand, but we believe it will become increasingly relevant for many types of logistics operations as they introduce greener vehicles over the coming years. With a growing number of low emissions zones in town and cities, companies that handle urban deliveries will in particular face added sustainability challenges. We are committed to continually improving our routing and scheduling software to ensure it is best-placed to meet these changing demands,” concludes Phil Ingham, Support Director of Paragon Software Systems.

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