TRUCKS TRUNDLE BY THEMSELVES
Game-changing technology is being tested in Japan, allowing self-driving trucks to move in convoy
The technology called Platooning sees a manned platoon leader driving at the head of the convoy, with other unmanned trucks automatically following through vehicleto-vehicle communication.
Platooning is a step towards fully autonomous freight transport and is expected to start becoming commercially available by 2020.
A Co-operative Adaptive Cruise Control system is fitted to each truck, allowing information to be shared between the leading and following trucks about acceleration, deceleration and maintaining a safe cruising distance. Toyota Tsusho has won a contract to develop and test a truck platooning system in Singapore as well.