Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Automated and Electric Vehicles

platooning trucks Trucks platooning over a bridge in Utah by Peloton Technology

The Technology & Maintenance Council is evolving to contend with the necessary maintenance and specification issues that are arising as a result of two advanced technologies that are fast becoming part of today’s trucking scene.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
April 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Developers Seek to Advance Truck Platooning Through Higher Automation, Global Demonstrations

Scania platooning Scania trucks travel in a platoon in Europe. The manufacturer seeks to combine truck platooning with higher levels of automated driving technology. (Scania)

WASHINGTON — Truck platooning has not yet advanced beyond the testing and development stage, but proponents and developers of the technology continue to explore ways to eventually deploy it in real-world freight operations.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 23, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Platooning Tries to Move Past a Work in Progress

Platooning trucks A pair of trucks utilize platooning technology in a demonstration by Peloton, Meritor Wabco and Denso. (Meritor Wabco)

The head of Daimler Trucks has questioned, but not completely written off, the business case for heavy-duty truck platooning in light of other emerging technologies and fuel gains from new combination vehicles operating independently.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 3, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Volvo, FedEx Team on Live Platooning in North Carolina

Volvo platooning demonstration in North Carolina Volvo, in collaboration with FedEx Corp. and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, demonstrates on-highway truck platooning on N.C. Route 540. (Volvo Trucks North America)

Volvo Trucks North America and FedEx Corp. demonstrated on June 27 a platooning system with three twin trucks on a stretch of Route 540 in North Carolina, one of 10 official test sites for driverless cars designated in 2017 by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
June 27, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Peloton to Launch Platooning by End of 2018

Peloton Trucks platooning (Peloton Technology)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Platooning developer Peloton Technology will have its two-truck platooning system in day-to-day commercial operation by the end of the year, a company executive said.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
May 7, 2018
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