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Daimler Works to Bring Wi-Fi Enabled Trucks for Better Platooning Capacities

Published On Mar 27, 2016By Tushar Vijay

Daimler has long been a pioneer of advanced new technologies in the trucking space. The company has been a leading name in the pursuit of emission-free transport, and last year, it had made history by showcasing a self-driven truck on German roads. The company is now driving the change towards connectivity among truck convoys.

Platooning is a technique in truck driving, where a group of trucks engage in a close formation to help lower drag and boost fuel benefits. This innovative mechanism requires for the trucks to be held closer to each other than regularly seen on roads. Daimler is working to incorporate WiFi among truck platoons, which would in turn strengthen safety and promote ease of functioning for the drivers.

Dr Wolfgang Bernhard, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG who administers the Daimler Trucks & Buses division, sheds some light on the topic. “We are connecting the truck with the INTERNET – making him the mobile data center of the logistics network,” he says. “It connects all those involved in goods: drivers, schedulers, fleet operators, workshops, manufacturers and insurance companies or authorities. They receive information in real time which was previously unavailable: about the condition of the tractor unit and semi-trailer, traffic and weather conditions, the parking availability at motorway service stations, rest areas and much more,” he adds.

Recently, the company conducted an experiment to explore the possibilities of this technology. It sent three autonomous Mercedes-Benz truck models integrated with WiFi on a German highway in a platoon formation. The company utilised its Highway Pilot Connect system to further improve the platooning capacities, and this in turns slashed fuel by nearly seven percent.

Mr Bernhard goes on to say, “Our trucks fully connect with their environment, becoming part of the internet and continuously sending and receiving information. All those involved in the logistical process can use these real-time data for their needs. In the future it will e.g. be possible to reduce waiting times while loading and unloading, reduce paperwork and avoid traffic jams. With flash updates over the air or automated transfer of inbound time for trucks heading to the service point maintenance time can be reduced significantly. In this way we are considerably improving the performance of goods transport as a whole. An enormous opportunity to intelligently cope with the growing volume of goods traffic. We intend to use it.”

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