Daimler Trucks tests connected platooning on U.S. highways
Daimler announced that it is testing connected trucks in platooning operations on public roads in the U.S. The announcement was made during the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV) in Atlanta.
After successful trials on Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) proving ground in Madras, OR, DTNA has received permission from the regional regulatory body, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), to conduct platooning tests. In a first step, called “pairing,” DTNA is testing its platooning technology in two connected Freightliner New Cascadia truck-trailer combinations. In truck platooning, connectivity and automated driving improve safety within the vehicle convoys, support the drivers, and enhance efficiency through closer distances between the connected trucks.
In a joint effort with fleet customers, DTNA is working to understand how platooning technology may impact fleet operations such as dispatch, logistics, and driver training. In a joint effort with large fleet customers, DTNA will test digitally connected trucks in everyday transport business.
Roger Nielsen, President and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, said, “We see growing customer interest in platooning. This technology stands for more efficiency and safety. Platooning technology is not meant to replace drivers—it’s designed to help drivers. When the world is ready for platooning, DTNA will have a proven solution. Right now, we are driving Freightliners in platoons every day. I have personally driven one of our trucks in a connected mode. My experience has been impressive.”