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November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Report Cites Twin Trailers, Platooning to Cut Fuel Consumed by Long-Haul Trucks

Source: Securing America's Future Energy

Securing America's Future Energy found that long-haul trucks account for 13% of daily petroleum consumption. Its new report says adopting 33-foot twin trailers and platooning technologies in the trucking industry could help save fuel and reduce U.S. dependence on oil.

Tags: Legislation, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Efficiency, Truck Platooning

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

Platooning, Electrified Cascadia in the Works at Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America President and CEO Roger Nielsen talks to reporters during the ATA MC&E. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

ORLANDO – Advanced technology, from platooning to electric trucks – both of which you'll be seeing soon from the nation's biggest truck maker – was a key topic of a reporter roundtable with Daimler Trucks North America President and CEO Roger Nielsen during the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Truck Platooning, Battery-Electric Vehicles, ATA MC&E

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

FHWA Tests Three-Truck Platoon on Virginia Interstate

The Federal Highway Adminstration has begun testing three-truck platoons on Interstate 66 in Virginia, in addition to track testing like this. Photo: FHWA

The latest series of platoon tests will evaluate Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control technology, which adds vehicle-to-vehicle communications to the adaptive cruise control capability now available in new vehicles and allows trucks to operate more smoothly as a unit, reducing and controlling the gaps between trucks.

Tags: Fuel Economy, FHWA, NACFE, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Truck Platooning

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

Telsa Wants to Test Self-Driving Class 8 Electric Truck in Two States

Based on emails obtained by Reuters, it appears Tesla's new electric truck will have some autonomous and platooning capabilities. Photo: Tesla

According to published reports, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has reached out to California and Nevada DMV officials to set up tests of his all-electric Class 8 truck in platooning operations on public highways.

Tags: California, Nevada, Tesla, Truck Platooning, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

PIT Group Assesses Real-World Platooning Operations

The PIT Group is working with Volvo and other interested parties to evaluate potential platooning operations in North America. Photo: PIT Group

Canada's PIT engineering research group is overseeing a month-long series of truck platoon tests in order to evaluate how the new technology will perform in real-world fleet operations.

Tags: Canada, Active Safety Systems, Vehicle Testing, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, PIT Group, Volvo Trucks

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Platooning to Become Reality This Year

Peloton CEO Josh Switkes says attitudes in the trucking industry toward the viability of truck platooning have shifted dramatically in the past couple of years. Photo: Peloton Technology

Peloton CEO Josh Switkes says early-adopter platooning fleets are "chomping at the bit" and ready to go. An infusion of funding led by Omnitracs will help make that happen.

Tags: Technology, Omnitracs, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Peloton Technology

February 16, 2017 - Industry News

Omnitracs Partners with Peloton on Truck Platooning Product

Photo: Peloton

Omnitracs and Peloton Technology announced a partnership that will bring Peloton’s truck platooning technology to Omnitracs fleet management solutions customers.

Tags: Omnitracs, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, Fuel Economy

January 11, 2017 - Global News

Scania Tests Autonomous Platooning in Singapore

Example of an autonomous truck platoon. Photo: Scania

Scania will design a full-scale autonomous truck platooning operation, based on its own advanced technology, which will use public roads while transporting containers between port terminals in Singapore.

Tags: Toyota, Singapore, Scania, Truck Platooning, Global, China

November 15, 2016 - Industry News

Energy Department Project Aims for Fuel Efficiency Gains Through Platooning

Screenshot via Peloton

Peloton Technology announced its participation in the Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Autonomous On-Road Vehicles program, or Nextcar, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, U.S. DOT, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology

October 13, 2016 - Industry News

Navistar: LT Truck Sales Already 'Great,' Joint GM Project 'On Schedule'

Navistar's platooning rigs stayed 15 to 30 meters apart during demonstration on the grounds' 3-mile oval track. Automated steering, also called "lateral control," is among the active features.

SuperTruck and a pair of platooning rigs were also demonstrated at the company's proving grounds in Indiana on Wednesday.

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, SuperTruck, Truck Platooning, LT Series

September 28, 2016 - Industry News

NACFE Report: Truck Platooning Could Save 4% in Fuel

Platooning is one of the steps toward autonomous trucking, but still requires drivers in all trucks, NACFE says.

The money thus conserved will pay back a $1,050 to $2,800 investment for necessary equipment in one to two years, it estimates.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Fleet Efficiency, Fuel Economy, NACFE, Truck Platooning, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

May 20, 2016 - Industry News

Report: Trucking Can Play a Big Role in Energy Security

Image via SAFE

The non-profit, nonpartisan group Securing America’s Future Energy has released a report on how the U.S. can remain on the path to greater energy security that includes recommendations for the trucking industry.

Tags: Oil, Alternative Fuels, U.S. Congress, Truck Platooning

April 7, 2016 - Industry News

European Platooning Challenge Delivers 'Promising' Results

Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks driving in a connected convoy (truck platoon) using the Highway Pilot Connect system. Photo: Daimler

Volvo, Daimler Trucks, DAF Trucks, Iveco, MAN Truck & Bus and Scania all participated in the challenge, driving platooned convoys thousands of miles across multiple borders in countries that included Sweden, Germany and Belgium.

Tags: European Union, Global, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

February 24, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Moves Forward With Focus on Brand, Uptime, Technology

Goran Nyberg talks to reporters at a roundable Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The recent reorganization of Volvo Group along brand lines should be pretty seamless to North American customers in the short term, according to executives at a briefing for reporters Wednesday, but expect advances soon in powertrain technology and tests of connected vehicle technology and platooning.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Truck Sales, Volvo Group, Truck Platooning, Predictive Analytics

August 31, 2015 - Industry News

Lockheed Martin Invests In Truck Platooning Technology

Image via Peloton

Lockheed Martin has reached an investment agreement with Peloton Technology to accelerate the development and deployment of the company's truck-platooning technology.

Tags: Investment, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology

April 27, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Invests in Platooning Technology

Photo: Peloton

A Volvo Group subsidiary is investing in Peloton Technology, which is working on a truck "platooning" system that would save fuel and reduce congestion by allowing trucks to travel in a close-following "platoon" on the highway.

Tags: Volvo Group, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, Autonomous Vehicles

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Platooning System Offers Fuel Savings Potential

These two tractor trailer combinations were used to demonstrate platooning technology by Peloton Technology during an event outside Reno May 8. Photo: Jim Beach

Peloton Technology, Menlo Park, Calif., demonstrated its two-truck platooning system May 8 along a stretch of I-80 just east of Reno. The technology makes use of a forward collision avoidance system and vehicle-to-vehicle communication to allow two trucks to travel closer together than would normally be safe.

Tags: Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, Information Technology, Future Trucks

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

Project to Test 'Platooning' Trucks

A new Federal Highway Administration research project will test "platooning" two trucks with the goal of saving fuel and decreasing traffic congestion. The team will research partial automation for two-truck platooning, integrating vehicle-to-vehicle communications with adaptive cruise control.

Tags: Vehicle Platooning, Smart Highway, FHWA, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks

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