Successful Platooning Event Lays the Path Towards Future of Transport in EU
Published On Apr 11, 2016
Just recently, major truck makers from Europe engaged in a demonstration that aimed to raise awareness about a safer and more efficient driving technique known as platooning.
Designed as an inter-continental drive across states, the event gathered worldwide public attention and set industry sights towards the emerging phenomenon, 'platooning'.
According to Erik Jonnaert (secretary-general of the European Motor Manufacturers’ Association), the goal now was to facilitate authorities and transport agencies to shift towards enabling this new technology to gain acceptance in society. He believes that transport authorities needed to realise the potential benefits of this new method, and attempt to incorporate them into trucking behaviours.
“The technology is clearly there. Every manufacturer has proved that,” commented Mr Jonnaert. He went on to add, “The regulatory barriers are still enormous … if you want to turn this project into something that has become mainstream.”
The event included industry leaders such as Volvo, Scania, Daimler and MAN. Just recently, Daimler and MAN had snatched the spotlight as they guided a convoy of their models across the journey to a successful finish. Organised by the European Union, the event proceeded across the continent and concluded in its capital state, Netherlands. On the backdrop of the successful conclusion of the event, transport ministers from various states in the EU would be meeting in the coming days in Amsterdam for a discussion over the progress of the transport industry. The platooning challenge would be included as a pivotal part of the event, giving the leaders a more accurate landscape of this new technique and its possibilities.
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