US interested in the Challenge

December 17, 2015 285 keer bekeken

Melanie Schultz van Haegen, the Dutch minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, has recently returned from California, where she met with several car manufacturers and with Google about developments around self-driving vehicles.

She stated that, where possible, she would give these developments her backing. The Dutch delegation visiting the California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH*) got to see a US truck platoon demonstration.

In 2003 PATH experimented with automated truck platooning with two tractor-trailer trucks, and in 2010-2011 with three tractor-trailer trucks. These trucks use V2V communication plus forward sensors to help maintain constant clearance vehicle following with very short gaps (tested from 10 metres down to 3 and 4 metre gaps). The tests included measurement of energy savings in constant-speed following and manoeuvres to join up with and split from the platoon, as well as going up and down grades.  Under a new FHWA Exploratory Advanced Research Project, PATH will develop and test a second generation truck platoon using cooperative adaptive cruise control, in cooperation with Volvo Trucks.

Exchanging information
The European Truck Platooning Challenge-team and PATH plan to maintain the exchange of information on lessons learnt. The many differences around technical, legal and behavioural aspects are also reflected in many similar challenges faced by the teams. 

California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) is a research and development programme of the University of California, Berkeley and has been a leader in Intelligent Transportation Systems research since it was founded in 1986. In collaboration with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and administered by the university’s Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), PATH is a multi-disciplinary programme with staff, faculty and students from universities worldwide and cooperative projects with private industry, state and local agencies, and non-profit institutions.

Read more => website California PATH

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