Problem: Trucks and other large commercial vehicles often travel in isolation. Their size and slow acceleration requires substantial fuel resources and they often have negative impacts to traffic flows on busy roadways.
Solution: Truck platooning pairs two trucks, one which is operated conventionally and the other partially operated. This linking strategy enables trucks to take up less space on streets than if they were to operate independently. It also saves fuel for the follower.
- The city of Columbus is hosting a trial of two-truck platoons for a busy roadway that leads to a major logistics hub.
- Partially operated trucks follow traditionally operated ones. Software by Peloton Technology pairs the two vehicles so that speed, controlled braking, and controlled acceleration are automatically in sync.
- The lead truck cuts through the air and wind to reduce drag for the follower, thus increasing its fuel efficiency.
- This trial is a precursor to a future where self-driving trucks will follow traditionally operated vehicles.
- truck and freight operators
- municipal transportation agencies
Next 3 Steps:
- record and measure results from platoon trial
- share results and findings with transportation agencies nationwide
- establish federal standards for truck platooning