Not just self-driving cars but Daimler’s own autonomous technology has keen of proving the economy and safety benefits of autonomous truck unit.
During the presidency of the European Union, Netherlands introduced European Truck Platooning Challenge because it aims the progression and its potential to reduce congestion, reduce road accidents caused by human error and to cut CO2 emission on the road.
Through this challenge, the truck platoon are all linked via Wi-Fi and rely on Daimler’s Connected Highway Pilot system. It means that, unlike with regular trucks, autonomously controlled truck platoons can sit just 15m (49ft) apart, rather than 50-meter (146ft) gap. In addition, a convoy of autonomous trucks could just take 80 m (262ft) of highway space against 150 m (492ft) for a normal convoy of trucks through human control.
The said Connected Pilot System will let the drivers bear responsibility for the control of all assistance systems, brake system, truck formation while boarding the vehicles.
“We consider platooning as meaningful part of the integrated approach in which all stakeholders in road transport contribute to reduce fuel consumption and CO2”, said Daimler’s Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard. “Driving in a convoy is one of numerous examples to raise the performance of goods transport extensively with connected trucks.”