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Artikel Nummer: 27635

Platooning works better than expected

Operating electronically linked trucks on German motorways is safe, technically reliable and can be easily integrated into the routine of a logistics company. These are the key results of the world's first field test with truck platoons in real-life logistics operations.


As part of a research project, professional drivers employed by DB Schenker drove two electronically linked vehicles on the motorway No. 9 between Nuremberg and Munich for seven months.


The platooning system operated smoothly 98% of the time. Active interventions by the driver were necessary only once every 2,000 km, which was much less than expected. The field test also demonstrated savings in fuel consumption of 3% to 4%. (ben)





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