Swedish commercial vehicle manufacturer Scania AB will take the lead role in a three-year European research project to develop a system for implementing truck platooning on roads.
Introducing this system on European roads could significantly contribute towards reducing the carbon footprint of trucks. The European Union has set a goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 20 % by 2020. Heavy vehicles currently account for 17 % of total CO2 emissions.
Through the 5.4 million euros Companion project, of which 3.4 million euros is funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Program, the partners will identify means of implementing the platooning concept in practice in daily transport operations.
The project also includes Volkswagen Group Research, Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology, Oldenburger Institut für Informatik in Germany, IDIADA Automotive Technology in Spain, Science Corporation in the Netherlands and the Spanish haulage company Transportes Cerezuela.
“We hope that this project will increase awareness in Europe of the many advantages of platooning,” says Sven-Åke Edström, Senior Vice President, Truck, Cab and Bus Chassis Development. “Platooning will require standardised support systems as well as legislative action that will be clarified in this project.”
Depending on the transport assignment, haulage companies will be able to identify the optimal route with regard to fuel consumption. Through an integrated system, drivers will receive information on where they can join and leave platoons. This integrated information system will clearly describe available alternatives, taking into account such variables as weather conditions, the traffic situation and delivery schedules as well as the weight and speed of the truck combination.