Iveco in world's first platooning challenge

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Iveco will participate in the world’s first cross-border initiative using semi-automated trucks in the European Truck Platooning Challenge.

The initiative, organised by The Netherlands as part of its ongoing Presidency of the Council of the EU fosters European cooperation among transport stakeholders, including truck manufacturers, member states, logistics service providers, road operators, road and vehicle approval authorities, research institutes and governments to demonstrate a new model of transport that is safer, cleaner, and more efficient.

As a member of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), which is actively supporting and participating in the Challenge, Iveco joins five other European truck manufacturers travelling via platoon from various European cities to Rotterdam.

The challenge represents a unique opportunity for a test run with other road users in real life conditions, with Iveco deploying t wo Stralis Hi-Way, from the Atomium in Brussels to the Port of Rotterdam.

Truck platooning consists of two or more trucks closely following each other in order to reduce the aerodynamic drag of the convoy by exploiting the slipstream of the lead vehicle. Each truck of the platoon is equipped with an advanced sensing platform based on radars, cameras and GPS (Global Positioning System), with enhanced safety systems such as CACC (Cooperative Adaptative Cruise Control) and Advanced Emergency Breaking System, and is capable to communicate and collaborate with the other trucks in the convoy by means of automotive Wi-fi technology.

Pierre Lahutte, Iveco brand president, said: “Iveco is committed to face the technical challenges at vehicle level, and promotes an integrated approach with the other transport stakeholders to address open topics such as the revision of regulations and the compatibility with infrastructures and other road-users. Platooning represents for Iveco a step into the future to keep providing our customers with the most sustainable transport solutions”.

Iveco demonstrated truck platooning on the test track in 2003 within the Chaffeur 2 Project, funded by the 5th Framework Program of European Union. Coming forward 13 years, the objective now is to increase the importance of truck platooning and provide a wider understanding of the associated benefits. Platooning can help make transport safer, cleaner, and more efficient, alongside reducing fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions by up to 10%.

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