25 May 2020
The centre of gravity of the Dutch automotive industry lies in Brainport Eindhoven. This is where the traffic networks and systems of the coming decades are defined. Recently the Brainport EcoTwin consortium has proven that it is technically possible to apply truck platooning on public roads..
Truck Platooning has clear benefits: fuel savings, lower CO2 emissions, improved traffic safety and better traffic flow. It also facilitates the creation of new business models for the efficient use of logistics processes and subsequent cost savings. Because of the technical milestone the consortium has reached in their development process, platooning is now ready for testing on public roads in cooperation with truck manufacturers, service providers, researchers, the authorities and insurance companies
In Brainport Eindhoven different methods are used to test these kinds of vehicles and traffic systems. Because of its highly advanced infrastructure, dense traffic network, real-time traffic management and high 4G penetration rate the region is ideally suited for developing, testing and implementing smart mobility applications. That is why the world’s first shockwave reduction project (applying car2x communication in ‘normal’ traffic) was introduced on a major public highway near the city of Eindhoven. This highway is equipped with cooperative roadside units. Besides this government regulation concerning testing cooperative and connected driving offers a lot of room for testing.