BRAMPTON, ON – Predicting the future is an inexact science, but several emerging trends offer glimpses of things to come. The Toronto chapter of CITT, which offers training in supply chain logistics, pulled together several industry representatives at its Fast Forward event on Thursday night to share thoughts on challenges they experience and expect.
WASHINGTON, DC — Technology that allows two trucks to travel in tight platoons promises to improve fuel economy, a report by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room concludes.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri has vetoed its pilot program to allow testing of driver-assistive truck platooning technology on state highways, with the state’s governor saying that Tesla’s recent self-driving car fatality “tragically highlighted” how the “technology remains unproven.”Three semi-autonomous Mercedes tractor-trailers form a three truck platoon
Daimler demos platooning in March 2016
Missouri’s HB1733 bill would have allowed for six years of testing for platooning technology. It had already passed through both levels of the state’s legislature.
DUSSELDORF, GERMANY — Daimler Trucks has taken its leading-edge status one rather large step forward with the introduction of its Highway Pilot Connect platooning system.
In a demonstration here today, three semi-autonomous Mercedes-Benz Actros tractors pulled their trailers down the A52 autobahn in a platoon formation — 15 meters or 49 ft apart — and eventually into the massive hall where some 300 journalists had been assembled for the occasion.
It’s a world first, of course. We’ve seen platooning demonstrations before, going back several decades in fact, but never with semi-autonomous trucks.
Three semi-autonomous Mercedes tractor-trailers form a three truck platoonHighway Pilot Connect is based on the existing Highway Pilot system that Daimler showed off in 2014 with its Future Truck 2025 program, the first semi-autonomous heavy truck to hit the road. That was dramatic but it was on a closed German highway. It was followed last May with the introduction by Daimler Trucks North America of the Freightliner Inspiration Truck which travelled down some very public roads in Nevada. And it was licensed to do so, also a world first.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — A developer of vehicle systems designed to increase safety and fuel savings in truck fleets, along with providing analytics, is receiving an investment from Lockheed Martin.
ARLINGTON, VA and SOUTHFIELD, MI — The concept of using wireless communication along roadways and in trucks to pair big rigs so they travel closely together has taken two steps forward. The vehicle technology supplier Denso International America Inc., along with Intel Capital, has entered into a US$16 million investment agreement with Peloton Technology, to help accelerate Peloton’s development and deployment of platooning technology. The deal, which was finalized late last month, but just announced this week, aims to increase fuel economy and improve safety for the global trucking industry, according to Michigan-based Denso.
A subsidiary of the Volvo Group has placed a bet on the future of trucking technologies when it comes to increasing safety and fuel savings.