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Autonomous and connected driving will fundamentally change road freight transport. This refers to automated platoons - i.e. groups - of long-distance trucks that can drive behind each other in close proximity (between 15 and 21 metres) with the help of technical driving assistance and control systems.

Truck platooning is one of the concepts that can revolutionise transport on motorways.

If the vehicles are arranged in a convoy, the lead vehicle can transmit its driving behaviour to the others via car-to-car communication. In this way, the convoy is able to perform manoeuvres such as accelerating and braking synchronously for all vehicles. The lead vehicle changes continuously in the convoy. The vehicles behind react without any time delay, so that rear-end collisions would be practically impossible.

10% less fuel consumption is the target.

This technology will allow trucks to drive behind each other within a few metres of each other without danger and significantly reduce their aerodynamic drag, experts promise. In order to further save fuel and significantly reduce CO2 emissions. In addition, the self-driving trucks should help to increase road safety.

Platooning in real transport operations is only in the test phase.

In the EU, the platoon trucks are currently still manned by test drivers or, in some cases, already by professional drivers who can take over the wheel again at any time. The long-term goal, however, is to make platooning largely autonomous.

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