If you are a frequent driver on european highways, chance is that you have seen something strange: a line of trucks slipstreaming behind the front runner… with drivers reading magazines or even napping.
Well, it’s called EU Truck Platooning Challenge, and participants are impressive: DAF, Daimler, Iveco, MAN, Scania and Volvo rolled out their autonomous trucks with support of Dutch government.
“Truck platooning” is a term used when trucks closely follow one another on the road. Since the trucks behind the first ride are in its slipstream, they tend to use less fuel and emit less carbon dioxide. Autonomous trucks can naturally follow best optimized platooning route using sensors to keep short distance to one another and maximize slipstream impact.
Autonomous trucks started their way from different parts of Europe, but all finished in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
If you are interested to know more, here is a well put together video footage: