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‘Platooning’ Trucks Can Cut Costs and Improve Efficiency

The DOE highlighted research by the Lab’s Energy Technologies Area on “truck platooning,” which uses vehicle-to-vehicle communications to enable one or two trucks to automatically follow the speed of the preceding truck. The virtual connection between trucks allows them to occupy less road space, reduce drag, and smooth traffic flow. More>

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  1. This is called a truck convoy.

  2. The key issue is enabling the concept of drafting. In a cycling pack, communication, speed, and response times are such that (usually) the pack can work together as a unit. For vehicles traveling at highway speeds, human reaction times are not sufficient for safe, effective drafting arrangements. (See, e.g., ).

    Creating the vehicle-to-vehicle communications mechanisms to allow the effective implementation of drafting is the point of this research.

  3. Spencer Klein says:

    This concept is very familiar to bicycle riders, who regularly use ‘drafting’ (riding in close formation to reduce wind resistance) to maximize their speeds. In long races, riders often spend much of their time in a dense pack, taking turns leading, to conserve resources for a mad dash to get away from the pack at the end. I’m surprised that this article didn’t mention this precedent.

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