Daimler Trucks Tests Truck Platooning on US Highways
The WiFi-based vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications technology is coupled with the driver assistance systems of its New Cascadia model Freightliner trucks. The software, called Detroit Assurance 4.0, communicates with Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Assist, and Active Brake Assist 4, ensuring a consistent distance for trucks that drive behind each other. Daimler Trucks will first test its so-called "pairing" operation, which consists of two vehicles.
The technology can provide relief to the driver over long distances, save fuel by slipstream driving and increase safety because the systems already react in 0.2 to 0.3 second in an emergency. "We see growing customer interest in platooning. This technology stands for more efficiency and safety. 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", says Roger Nielsen, President and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America.
Truck platooning is technically feasible
Prior to this, Daimler Trucks had successfully paired trucks on its in-house test track in Madras, Oregon. Now the regional regulatory authority – the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) – has given its permission for Daimler Trucks to continue testing on public highways in Oregon and Nevada. Starting in 2018, Daimler Trucks intends to start these tests together with large fleet customers in real-life, everyday transport situations. According to Daimler, it is only a question of the legal framework conditions for trucks to drive in platooning mode.