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Highway truck platooning demonstration in North Carolina tests promising technology expected to result in up to 10 percent fuel savings for fleet costumers

Open-road platooning demo marks an important step toward implementing platooning technology for commercial use.


06/28/2018


Summary Information

In April, May, and June of 2018, Volvo Trucks America, FedEx, and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority conducted real-world testing of truck platooning technologies along interstate 540 in North Carolina. The trucks utilize dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) and Volvo’s vehicle to vehicle (V2V) technology to hold a steady speed of 62 mi/h along a 20-mile loop on interstate 540.

Methodology:
Volvo tractors, that were outfitted platooning technology, pulled FedEx trailers to test real-world routes and trailer loads.

Results:
  • Volvo Trucks of North America noted truck platooning would improve traffic congestion, lessen air resistance, and improve fuel economy across the platoon.
  • Fuel savings are estimated at 10 percent from platooning.

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Volvo Trucks, FedEx Demo Platooning Tech on North Carolina Interstate

Author: Trop, Jaclyn

Published By: Trucks.com International

Source Date: 06/28/2018

URL: https://www.trucks.com/2018/06/28/volvo-trucks-fedex-platooning-tech/

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Benefit ID: 2018-01315