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Will truck platooning save fuel in the real world?

June 11, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Tailgating tends to be discouraged. Just don’t tell those who research the benefits of platooning. In the ongoing search for better fuel economy, engineers have found ways to connect tractor-trailers through electronic handshakes, automatically maintaining tight following distances that improve aerodynamic drag. Will it work in the real world?

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Airless tires, autonomous tech, and future of mobility at Movin’On

June 4, 2019 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. – The annual Movin’On Summit is a free-flowing think tank of sorts, sharing ideas about sustainable transportation against a backdrop that looks something like the setting for a post-apocalyptic movie. Maybe the exhibit at a modern art museum.

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Has platooning reached a dead end?

January 11, 2019 Rolf Lockwood

Has Daimler’s Martin Daum thrown serious rain on the platooning parade? Is he right to stop investing in the technology? Will he dissuade others from doing so?

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On the Spot… Daimler Demos Platooning

July 6, 2018 by Jim Park

Is truck platooning only technically feasible or is it also commercially viable? In this video, HDT Editor in Chief, Deb Lockridge looks at Daimler Trucks’ recent demonstration of its platooning technology with a pair of loaded trucks on a test […]

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Peterbilt brings ‘purposeful innovation’ to Silicon Valley

June 27, 2018 by John Smith

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – California’s Silicon Valley is known as a hotbed of high technology, and the Paccar Innovation Center is in the midst of it all. The 26,000-sq-ft facility is designed to house 50 employees, featuring a five-bay truck lab and fabrication area complete with a 3D printer for working on prototypes. But perhaps more important is the way the space is being used to collaborate on trucks and systems of the future – tapping into in-house expertise as well as the work of other companies in the famed valley.

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Volvo Trucks N.A. partners with FedEx to test platooning vehicles in live conditions

June 27, 2018 by elizabeth

RALEIGH, NC — Volvo Trucks North America drove a long-held secret down North Carolina Highway 540 today.

In the first successful on-highway demonstration of platooning technology between a major truck manufacturer and a transportation company, Volvo and FedEx working closely with the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) took three trucks on the road to showcase their advanced driver assisted technology.

Volvo has kept its partnership with FedEx under wraps for about a year, using Volvo VNL 300 day cabs and a Volvo VNL 670 sleeper cab first on closed tracks in South Carolina and then for the last three  months on the North Carolina Triangle Expressway — an area designated by the NCTA as a testing place for autonomous vehicles — to adapt its platooning technology developed in Europe for the North American market.

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Daimler to open automated truck research center

June 6, 2018 by John Smith

PORTLAND, Ore. – Daimler Trucks will create an Automated Truck Research and Development Center at its North American headquarters in Portland, Ore. – focusing on automated driving technology and its effect on society and customers alike.

The new center builds on the company’s established research and development presence, and will be at Swan Island, where a full-scale truck wind tunnel can already be found.

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Feeling Disconnected: Platooning has promise, but barriers remain

March 13, 2018 John G. Smith

The idea of platooning trucks has been released to great fanfare, and for good reason. Double-digit fuel economy gains can be realized by allowing one tractor-trailer to tuck closely behind the next, drafting much like race cars as long as […]

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Daimler reports strong sales, eyes future

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Against a backdrop of strong sales and the promise of a growing economy, Daimler Trucks North America continues to explore emerging technologies from electrification to platooning.

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Daimler testing platooning in U.S.

September 25, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – Daimler Trucks North America is testing platooning systems on test tracks and select highways, further exploring technologies to enhance fuel economy. Tightly spaced pairs of trucks are now running in controlled trips along Oregon and Nevada highways. […]

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FMCSA demos platooning this week

September 13, 2017 by elizabeth

CENTREVILLE, VA – The United States Federal Highway Administration (FMCSA), in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Transportation, is culminating a four-year research project by taking a major leap forward this week.
The groups will be demonstrating three-truck platooning on highway I-66 for two days September 14 and 15.

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Headlights Again: Now digital

August 9, 2017 Rolf Lockwood

A few months ago I wrote a couple of times about headlights, complaining that the standard lamps offered in most vehicles — from cars to heavy trucks — are insufficient. Meaning, it’s too easy to over-drive your lights at what are pretty ordinary speeds nowadays. The light just isn’t thrown far enough down the road, reducing the ability of a driver to see far enough ahead to avoid an obstruction and maybe a catastrophic accident.

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Quebec platooning tests underway

August 9, 2017 by John Smith

MONTREAL, QC – PIT Group, the research and engineering arm of FPInnovations, is in the midst of Transport Canada’s truck platooning tests that run from July 24 to August 18 at the Motor Vehicle Test Center in Blainville, Quebec.

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IN PRINT — Tailgate Party: Platooning questions involve more than tech

June 27, 2017 by John Smith

Nike wants a runner to complete a marathon in under two hours, but the target will involve more than the company’s swoosh-marked shoes. Other marathoners will take turns running in the controlled race, helping to optimize the aerodynamic conditions that can be leveraged by the record hopeful who will tuck in behind them. It’s not the only sport to leverage the pulling forces of “drafting”. The concept has been used everywhere from cycling’s Tour de France to the ovals of NASCAR. With the help of emerging technology such as adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation systems, trucking could be on the cusp of realizing the same techniques – using automatically set following distances in a process known as platooning.

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Autonomous questions not limited to tech

June 16, 2017 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – The questions surrounding autonomous vehicles are not limited to how such technology would actually work, and Rick Geller has identified a long list of related issues that have yet to be addressed.