Fuel-saving and emissions-slashing truck platooning technology is advancing rapidly as vehicle manufacturers and motor carriers increase testing on public roads.
Existing state laws prohibiting vehicles from following too closely present a major hitch in mainstreaming truck platooning.
Trucking can be far more efficient and trucks a whole lot cleaner, but achieving such goals will require global cooperation and infrastructure investment.
While trucking technology including new safety features, platooning tools and autonomous driving are moving forward rapidly, weather, traffic and other hurdles still present significant adoption challenges.
Panelists at the ACT Expo in Long Beach say the economic and safety case for platooning is clear and adoption is possible after 18 months.
California traffic officials and Volvo demonstrated automated platoon technology along a busy stretch of Los Angeles freeway by syncing three digitally-connected semi-trucks at highway speeds with just 50 feet of separation between them.
Level 1 truck platooning, driver assistive technologies, connected payment systems and cyber security are highlighted at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Paul Rogers, director of the U.S. Army’s TARDEC, discusses the new Colorado ZH2, autonomous driving, platooning and fuel efficiency.
Truck platooning technology enables two tractor-trailers or more to connect together. Some industry analysts say it will improve road safety and fuel savings, but doubts persist.
Self-driving truck account for 15 percent of heavy duty truck sales in in U.S. by 2035, according to IHS Automotive forecast.