Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Can Bridges Handle Weight of Platooning Trucks? Engineering Firm Wants to Know

Peloton platoon Peloton

WASHINGTON — While truck-to-truck communication, driver training and safety have advanced the effort to hasten platooning to market, another critical aspect is looming and just may cause momentum to pull back some: the impact on infrastructure.

Lorrie Grant | Managing Editor
January 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Peloton Demonstrates Platoon System in Michigan

Peloton platoon test in Michigan Volvo VNL 670 trucks on I-96 in Michigan during a Peloton platooning demonstration. (Peloton)

Peloton Technology recently demonstrated its driver-assist truck platooning system on Interstate 96 in Michigan with two Volvo VNL 670 trucks, featuring one following about 60 feet behind the lead truck.

Transport Topics
December 18, 2017

Opinion: Technology — No Matter How Cool — Has to Pay Off

I am addicted to technology. At home I have a 3-D printer and a semi-autonomous drone aircraft. Amazon’s voice-controlled “Alexa” app manages my schedule, controls the lights in my house and plays games with my kids. Google’s Nest home services system features a thermostat that manages the temperature in our house and provides real-time security video of the property. And we have countless media streaming devices — computers, gaming systems, smart TVs and tablets.

Tom Poduch | Director of Logistics Design, Transervice Logistics Inc.
December 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Drivers to Remain Necessary Despite Advancements in Autonomous Vehicles, ATA Policy Expert Says

ATA's Mike Cammisa Cammisa by Eugene Mulero/Transport Topics

ATLANTA — The trucking industry will continue to depend on drivers to assist with the navigation of autonomous and connected truck fleets, a policy expert at American Trucking Associations said at the Connected Fleets USA conference Sept. 25.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 25, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

FHWA Demonstrates 3-Truck Platoon in Virginia

Platooning demonstration The demonstration convoy prepares to get on the road Sept. 14. (Jonathan S. Reiskin/Transport Topics)

CENTREVILLE, Va. — Lawmakers gave and listened to earnest speeches on vehicle automation last week, and the nation’s transportation secretary held forth on the subject at a university, but 28 miles west of Capitol Hill the engineers took over and showed what platooning technology for trucks can do today.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
September 15, 2017
Government, Business, Autonomous

Michigan House OKs Truck Platooning

Meritor Wabco

Two months and three days after Michigan’s Senate unanimously passed a bill allowing truck platooning in the state, the House followed suit Nov. 10.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
November 14, 2016

Autonomous Platooning and Trucking: How Soon? How Disruptive?

The complete presentation of Transport Topics' panel on "Autonomous Platooning and Trucking: How Soon? How Disruptive?" from the 2016 Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Oct. 4, 2016. Read more at

October 21, 2016
Business, Autonomous, Technology

Panel Says Platooning Is Near, Driverless Trucks Far Away

John Sommers II for TT

LAS VEGAS — Advancements in trucking technology are paving the way for the industry to experience two-vehicle platoons soon, but the driverless heavy-duty trucks idea remains a distant vision, according to executives from leading firms in both industries.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
October 10, 2016
Business, Autonomous

Two-Truck Platoons Increasingly Realistic, NACFE Says

Meritor Wabco

Commercial truck platooning is increasingly realistic, with key foundational technologies already in the marketplace and testing under way, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency said in a report issued Sept. 28.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 28, 2016
Business, Autonomous

Driver-Assistive Truck Platooning Boosts Fuel Economy, Report Says


A new report by Auburn University found that driver-assistive truck platooning can realize up to 10% fuel economy for the trailing truck and up to 5% fuel economy for the leading truck.

Transport Topics
May 29, 2015