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Connected trucks. The transport of goods of the future

The Highway Pilot Connect system shows what could be possible in the future through the combination of networking and autonomous driving. It enables trucks to be electronically coupled on motorways and trunk roads, known as “platooning”.

Networked trucks in the platoon only need a distance of 15 instead of 50 meters, with the exception of entrances and exits. This significantly reduces air resistance - comparable to riding in the slipstream in cycling.

In this way, a truck platoon made up of three trucks reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by around seven percent. This enables consumption values ​​of 25 l / 100 km for a loaded tractor-trailer with a total weight of 40 tons. This corresponds to a consumption of just 0.66 l / 100 km per ton of weight or CO2 emissions of 13.3 grams per kilometer and ton of weight. That is far lower than for any car with a combustion engine.

At the same time, platooning enables more space-saving use of the road: the shorter distance between the vehicles means that a platoon of three coupled trucks is reduced to just 80 meters. In contrast, three trucks that are not electronically coupled together require a total of 150 meters of road surface.

At the same time, platooning makes road traffic safer: while the person at the wheel has a reaction time of 1.4 seconds, the Highway Pilot Connect forwards the brake signals to the vehicles behind in less than 0.1 seconds. This significantly reduced reaction time can make a significant contribution to reducing rear-end collisions.