Intelligent sensing technology and control systems specialist Fusion Processing is to take part in the HelmUK advanced platooning prial, the first real-world operational trial of platooning vehicles on UK roads.
The £8.1 million trial, funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Highways England, will see Fusion Processing join a consortium of partners including transport and mobility innovation centre TRL, DAF Trucks, and DHL.
A bespoke version of Fusion Processing’s CAVstar system will be used as part of the trial, which will enable three DAF heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) to travel safely in close proximity, at speed, with the lead driver controlling the speed, acceleration and breaking of the whole ‘platoon’. The use of platooning has the potential to increase fuel efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and improve safety for commercial fleets.
Jim Hutchinson, CEO, Fusion Processing, said; “Taking part in HelmUK, a world-leading trial, is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase how adaptable our CAVstar sensing and control system is. Working alongside global brands such as DAF, TRL and DHL demonstrates the robustness of our system to gather vital data that will ultimately inform the rollout of this technology to real-world applications.”
The on-road trials will form part of regular DHL logistical operations, with the first phase expected to take place later this year. The live trial will follow the successful completion of a “rigorous programme of driving simulations, driver training and test track trials over the coming months”.