Autonomous trucks roll over motorways

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In April, the "European Truck Platooning Challenge" was launched, which the Dutch government had initiated during its EU Council Presidency. A total of six manufacturers are taking part in the experiment. Besides Daimler, these are MAN, Scania, Volvo, DAF and Iveco. They let their trucks roll in networked columns to the port of Rotterdam. MAN trucks started in Munich, Daimler trucks in Stuttgart and drove via Frankfurt to Rotterdam. But the columns also rolled over Germany from Scandinavia. Scania started its networked trucks in Södertälje, Sweden, Volvo in Gothenburg. Their way led via Bremen to the Netherlands. The trucks are connected to platoons by means of digital data transmission and can automatically drive one behind the other at short distances. On the one hand, this is intended to make better use of the space on the road. On the other, the trucks drive in the slipstream, which means they consume less fuel and thus emit fewer pollutants.

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