Platooning trials gain speed

A field trial of truck platooning in Japan shows how the new technology is spreading across the globe and sees a cooperative approach to the subject from the Japanese Government.

The trial involves four Japanese truck manufacturers, Isuzu, Hino, Fuso and UD platooning on Shin-Tomei Expressway southwest of Tokyo and on Kita-Kano Expressway, in Tokyo’s West. Toyota Tsusho is also involved representing a number of interested parties, including the Japanese Government.

The trucks used in the first tests include representatives of all of the truck brands involved. Running in a tight group on the highway, the 6×2 rigid truck held a spacing of about 35. apart as they headed down the highway at 80 km/h. 

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) initiated the platooning test as part of the Japanese government’s Future Strategy 2017.

This strategy aims to roll out innovations like the Internet of Things, big data and artificial intelligence across all industries. In the commercial vehicle sector, truck platooning is expected to contribute to the reduction of fuel consumption and to lower CO2-emissions.

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