A dispatching method for automated guided vehicles by using a bidding concept

Jae Kook Lim, Kap Hwan Kim, Kazuho Yoshimoto, Jun Ho Lee, Teruo Takahashi

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A dispatching method is suggested for automated guided vehicles by using an auction algorithm. The dispatching method in this study is different from traditional dispatching rules in that it looks into the future for an efficient assignment of delivery tasks to vehicles and also in that multiple tasks are matched with multiple vehicles. The dispatching method in this study is distributed in the sense that the dispatching decisions are made through communication among related vehicles and machines. The theoretical rationale behind the distributed dispatching method is also discussed. Through a simulation study, the performance of the method is compared with that of a popular dispatching rule.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-44
Number of pages20
JournalOR Spectrum
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Feb



  • Automated guided vehicle
  • Distributed dispatching method
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Science and Operations Research

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