SOLUTIONS FOR IMPLEMENTING CONNECTIVITY AND PLATOONING FOR HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS

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One line description: SOLUTIONS FOR IMPLEMENTING CONNECTIVITY AND PLATOONING FOR HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS

Description: What are the solutions and actions that need to be carried out to accelerate platooning implementation for heavy duty trucks?

  • Address the technical roadblocks to platooning implementation.
  • Explore solutions for business challenges and driver acceptance when introducing platooning for freight transportation.
  • Generate solutions to regulatory, infrastructure and safety roadblocks for heavy truck platoons.

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Organization: SCANIA

Participants:

Category: INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Theme: logistic, autonomous vehicle

Leader: RADULESCU Robert, BERGSTAND Christian

Facilitator: BERGERON Josée-Anne

Expert: ROETH Michael, BRENTAR Bill, JACOB Bernard

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FROM THE MINUTES 2018

It’s all about airflow versus air resistance. The larger thevehicle, the greater the resistance, the greater the fuel consumption and the larger the environmental footprint. However, when two or more vehicles travel together in a specific pattern with the right kind of technology, drag is reduced and safety and benefits increase. For the uninitiated, it’s called platooning.


FUEL SAVINGS FOR BOTH THE LEAD AND FOLLOW TRUCK

Michael Roeth claims that by platooning at a following distance of 50 or 60 feet, the rear truck reduces its fuel consumption by 10%, while the front truck can save 4 to 5%, for total fuel reductions of 7%. For Bill Brentar, platooning is an obvious choice: “Even at 4%, it's still a winner — you don't have to be at 10% to make this thing win.” Shad Laws highlights the safety advantages of assisted and automated driving systems: “We can shrink reaction times from 1.5 second to 30 milliseconds. When the lead driver hits the brakes, the follow truck’s brakes come on at the same time.”


"The real aim here is fuel savings and improved safety, not decreased labour costs." - Shad Laws


THREE CONDITIONS FOR PROFITABLE PLATOONING

Silo platooning, where each individual carrier has its own platooning solution, would not reap sufficient rewards to make it worthwhile implementing. A pooling of resources is required, with:

  1. Dynamic, on-the-fly solutions allowing large vehicles to platoon on the way
  2. Solutions that are safe, interoperable, acceptable and standardized or compatible
  3. Widespread adoption of these solutions by different truck manufacturers and shipping companies


"Platooning requires openness between partners and OEMs." - Christian Bergstrand

THE BUDDY SYSTEM

Movin'On participants proposed solutions to the main pain points:

Challenges -> Proposed solutions


Making different trucking equipment and technologies with different maintenance quality standards work together:

  • Third-party validation of equipment and maintenance
  • Consortium-managed truck stops

Creating a secure environment where companies aren't at risk of divulging best practices, since platooning requires sharing operational data:

  • A neutral third-party platooning management platform

Ensuring platooning fairness and creating the incentive for the driver in the first vehicle, especially if the second driver is from another company:

  • Tax reductions or credit points
  • Carbon credits

Alleviating public concerns about safety and road users' confidence in platooning

  • Adapted road signs and maps to inform the public
  • Dedicated platooning lanes
  • Large-scale night platooning in cities

Ensuring driver acceptance

  • Enhance truck-driving role and status along the model of aviation/maritime industries, where vehicles are monitored by highly skilled, well-paid pilots
  • A screen on the bac kpanel of the preceding truck displaying the view from the front vehicle