Volvo Trucks demonstrates truck platooning first
Autonomous Vehicle Technology announces 2019 ACES Award Winner in Connectivity | Platooning
Volvo Trucks North America has demonstrated the first public on-highway showcase of platooning technology between a major truck manufacturer and a transportation company in the U.S. Partnering with FedEx and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, it used advanced driver-assistance system technology to conduct the platooning as part of ongoing research collaboration aimed at benefitting freight companies and professional drivers with safer, more fuel-efficient operations.
The potential benefits of platooning being studied during the collaborative research include faster responses to hard braking while maintaining safety and fuel efficiency. The vehicle-to-vehicle communication system helps reduce the reaction time for braking and enables vehicles to follow closer, automatically matching each other’s speed and braking. The platoon consisted of three trained, professional truck drivers in Volvo VNL tractors, each pulling double 28 ft (8.5 m) trailers. Through CACC, a wireless vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology, the tractors and trailers remained in constant communication.
The tractors and trailers traveled at speeds of up to 62 mph (100 km/h) while keeping a time gap of 1.5 s, maintaining a closer distance than what is typical for on-highway tractors. Stage and unplanned vehicle cut-ins demonstrated how the technology handles common traffic situations. The advanced testing will allow the partners to adapt to technological and regulatory developments that will ultimately determine the commercial viability of platooning technology in the U.S.
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