Truck Platooning technology ready for the public roads
EcoTwin consortium: trucks drive at 0.3 seconds apart, automatically and safely
The EcoTwin consortium of TNO, DAF, NXP and Ricardo has proven the technical feasibility of Truck Platooning on public roads. The technology enables at least three trucks connected with each other through datacommunication to platoon safely and automatically at just 0.3 seconds apart. This milestone means that, in cooperation with truck manufacturers, service providers, researchers, the authorities and insurance companies, platooning is now ready for testing on public roads. Truck Platooning has clear benefits: fuel savings, lower CO2 emissions, improved traffic safety and better traffic flow. It also facilitates the creation of new business models for the efficient use of logistics processes and subsequent cost savings.
Logistics and road traffic nowadays require an innovative, safe and intelligent kind of goods transport. Europe is the world leader when it comes to Truck Platooning. In April 2016 TNO and Rijkswaterstaat (Dept. of Public Works) drafted a Vision of Truck Platooning 2025. Consultation with fifteen different stakeholders from the European Truck Platooning network led to a clear vision of the future. The partners of EcoTwin consider that the time is now ripe to put this vision into practice.
Method for mixed criticality system architecture development
The challenge: develop a driver assistance system with which three trucks can follow each other automatically and safely at 85 km/h with only a minimal inter-truck distance. Instead of trucks TNO-ESI rather thinks in building blocks or units. These trucks could also have been parcels or printing systems.
Complex to complicated
During his speech at TNO-ESI's 2017 Symposium on 'Managing Complexity' professor Dinesh Verma seemed to alternate between the philospher's, the linguist's and the engineer's approach to complexity and complication. It turned out that aspects from these fields together worked out fine to explain how the system architect got in his present situation and where he is at: he somehow needs to cope with complexity. “We need a lot more systems engineering institutes”, Verma sighs.
Océ embraces complexity
As high-tech systems almost equal complexity, Océ has decided to embrace this complexity as a way to master it. Two approaches stand out: to apply modeling to quantify uncertainty as much as possible and as a way to move towards virtual prototyping. The second aspect is to create as flat an R&D hierarchy as possible to create maximum flexibility and to make the most of each individual's contribution in development.
New benchmark in truck platooning
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