‘Platoon’ System for Highway Trucks Shown to Reduce Fuel Use
Volvo Group Venture Capital says it’s invested in Peloton Technology, developer of a “truck platooning system” Volvo describes “as an integrated safety, efficiency and analytics platform that builds on advanced safety technologies such as collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control systems.”
“The Peloton system electronically couples trucks through a combination of vehicle-to-vehicle communications, radar-based active braking systems and proprietary vehicle control algorithms,” Volvo says. “The result is enhanced collision avoidance capabilities and increased fuel efficiency for the front and rear trucks in a two-truck platoon.”
“We’re developing a system to improve safety and efficiency of trucks by using advanced sensing and communications,” Peloton founder and CEO Josh Switkes says in a website video.
‘Adding to the Ability of the Drivers’
“You can think of it a little bit like cruise control in your car in that we control the gas and the brake. But we do it for a pair of trucks using a direct communication link between those trucks.”
“These are not automated trucks,” Switkes says. “We are just adding to the ability of the drivers.”
A study of Peloton’s system by the NACFE, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and a major fleet, using the industry standard SAE Type II test, Volvo says, showed reductions in fuel consumption of 10% for the rear commercial vehicle and by more than 4% for the front truck.
Volvo notes too that Mountain View, Calif.-based Peloton is developing a Platooning Network Operations Center, “a cloud-based service that helps trucks find platooning partners, collects vehicle and driver data and allows the approval or adjustment of platooning parameters.”
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Source: Volvo Group Venture Capital with Fleets & Fuels follow-up