Infographic: How truck platooning works - and what the benefits are
Platooning will make road transportation much more efficient – and at the same time safer and less harmful to the environment. Discover how the technology works in our infographic.
What is platooning?
Several trucks form an automated convoy – with the lead truck sending out acceleration, braking and steering signals in order for the following trucks to react accordingly.
How does platooning work?
Trucks communicate directly with each other using wireless technology. The following vehicles autonomously measure distance, speed and direction and adjust to the vehicles in front.
Platooning Benefit #1: Safety
Almost 4,000 people die in trucking accidents each year in the USA alone. Accidents caused by driver action and driver fatigue could be greatly reduced by platooning.
Platooning Benefit #2: Fuel Savings
With reduced safety distances and a more constant driving speed, air drag decreases for the following trucks - lowering fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 15 percent.
Platooning Benefit #3: Traffic Capacity
High-tech sensors enable the trucks to react within 0.1 seconds – 1.3 seconds (or over 90%) faster than humans. The safety distance between two trucks can be lowered from 50 meters to 15 meters – thus reducing traffic congestion.
Platooning Benefit #4: Convenience
Shorter and more predictable journey times make the truck driver's work less stressful and more convenient.