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Daimler tests truck platooning on public highways in the US

Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Daimler Trucks, has started testing connected trucks in platooning operations on public roads in America, following an announcement at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in September.

According to Daimler, truck platooning connectivity and automated driving will improve safety within the vehicle convoys, support drivers and enhance efficiency through closer distances between the connected trucks.

With reportedly successful trials on Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) proving ground in Madras, Oregon, DTNA has received the appropriate permission from the regional regulatory body Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). In a first step called ‘pairing’, DTNA will test its platooning technology in two connected Freightliner New Cascadia truck trailer combinations.

”We see growing customer interest in platooning,” said DTNA President and CEO, Roger Nielsen. “This technology stands for more efficiency and safety. Platooning technology is not meant to replace drivers – it’s designed to help drivers. When the world is ready for platooning, DTNA will have a proven solution. Right now, we are driving Freightliners in platoons every day. I have personally driven one of our trucks in a connected mode. My experience has been impressive.”

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