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Daimler Trucks Tests Truck Platooning On Public Highways

| September 25, 2017

Platooning

Ready to roll, even more efficiently?  Check out  Daimler, which is testing connected trucks in so called platooning operations on public roads in the U.S.

In truck platooning connectivity and automated driving improve safety within the vehicle convoys, along with support drivers, to enhance efficiency through closer distances between the connected trucks.

With successful trials on Daimler Trucks North America’s proving ground in Madras, Oregon, Daimler has received the appropriate permission from the regional regulatory body Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). In a first step, called “pairing,” Daimler tests its platoon technology in two connected Freightliner New Cascadia truck trailer combinations.

From a larger persepective, the company is reacting to an increasing customer interest in solutions for automated and connected driving in commercial transport. In a joint effort with fleet customers, Daimler is working to understand how platooning technology may impact fleet operations including dispatch, logistics, driver training.

The scale is big: With its Freightliner and Western Star brands, Daimler Trucks is accounts for a 40 percent market share in the North American truck market.

“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,” said, Roger Nielsen, President and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America. “Right now, we are driving Freightliners in platoons every day.”

 

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