Game-chang­ing tech­nol­ogy is be­ing tested in Ja­pan, al­low­ing self-driv­ing trucks to move in con­voy

Toyota Connect/Lexus Life - - ON THE MOVE -

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.

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