Daimler Takes Part in Cross-Continent Platooning Event
Published On Apr 05, 2016
Daimler is one of the major European companies taking part in a cross-continent drive aimed at raising drive awareness. The brand is employing three of its technologically equipped vehicles from its base in Stuttgart, Germany, across a massive marathon to Rotterdam, Netherlands in a demonstration sponsored by the European Union. Other major companies had also taken part in the event, including its counterparts Scania, Volvo and MAN.
The three vehicles were built on the Actros model, and came along with many enhanced systems. Foremost among them is Mercedes’s Highway Pilot Connect software, which implements a unique 'vehicle-to-vehicle' technique to allow the trucks to drive in a platoon. Information regarding the drive is presented and transmitted through a Wi-Fi connection establishment, giving all of the trucks the most precise drive orientation needed. Although the vehicle is said to be an 'autonomous' truck, it only reserves a partial self-driving capacity, and a trained human driver is required within the vehicle.
The three trucks would align in a formation that takes far less space on the road. This formation helps to reduce insecurities on the road and improves safety. The vehicle on the lead transmits data to the other models in a gap of just 0.1 seconds. This is a minute fraction of the time needed for a human to react in an emergency, which is more than one whole second.
There is a risk nevertheless, as a heavily loaded truck requires more space to brake to a halt. To counter this margin of error, the Highway Pilot Connect works to boost the safety capacity, ensuring that the chances of meeting rear end collisions are much lower. This helps to keep the platoon secure in testing situations such as a traffic jam.
This new technology would help to augment the overall ride quality on many faces. It works to reduce the drag faced by the vehicles on the road, which in turn, reduces energy consumed for the journey. This would strengthen the fuel economy, rewarding the mileage by nearly 10 percent. Along with this carbon emissions would also be narrowed down by nearly 10 percent.
The three truck platoon is expected to arrive in Rotterdam on April 6. The company firmly believes that this new technology would play a major role in bringing more efficient and more reliable transport to the trucking industry tomorrow.