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One behind the other, several networked trucks driving close behind each other. Connectivity guarantees safety, and driving in each other’s slipstream is supposed to achieve fuel savings of up to ten percent and a reduction in CO2 emissions. The technique is referred to as platooning.

The logistics company DB Schenker, truck manufacturer MAN and Fresenius University will receive funding of two million euros from the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure until January 2019 for the development of networked truck convoys.

Test in the everyday life of logistics

The collaboration partners are going to send truck platoons on day-to-day operations to the Digital Motorway Test Bed on the A9 motorway. “We are delighted by the funding for this important project which enables MAN, together with our project partners, to spend several months testing truck platooning for the first time in practice in the real world of everyday logistics using professional truck drivers”, explains Joachim Drees, Chairman of MAN’s Management Board. MAN is going to build modern test vehicles for this purpose.

 

© MAN Truck & Bus AG
© MAN Truck & Bus AG

 

Fresenius University is researching the effects of the new technology on the drivers in the platoon. The focus will lie on the neurophysiological and psychosocial level. “It is important from the outset to take the people with you who are directly affected by the development”, says Professor Dr. Christian T. Haas, Manager of the Institute for Complex Health Research at Fresenius University.

The first test trips are due to kick off in the Spring of 2018. Over the course of the year, up to three trips are due to be on the road every day with genuine loads.