The conference will bring together stakeholders from many fields of knowledge and representatives of important European countries. Joris Cornelissen, Rijkswaterstaat’s coordinator for the Invitational Conference, has this to say: ‘The most important objective is a jointly supported roadmap, so that truck platooning becomes a fact in the future.’
Among the speakers is Lóránt Tavasszy, professor of Freight Transportation and Logistics at TU Delft. He is also principal scientist Mobility & Logistics at TNO, where he focuses on innovative solutions for freight transportation and issues including accessibility and urban livability. TU Eindhoven’s Carlo van de Weijer is another speaker. As well as the university’s director of the strategic research into smart mobility he is also a board member of Connekt/ITS Nederland, a network of smart, sustainable and social mobility.
Cornelissen is preparing the roadmap “implementing truck platooning”. ‘This roadmap will be constructed from the broad European network in the area of truck platooning and represents significant input for the informal transport council of 28 EU ministers on 14 April 2016. The map is an inventory of existing information on truck platooning, from discussions with key stakeholders, from the Challenge and from the results of the expert meetings.’
in February 2016, international expert meetings will be held in the run-up to the conference. Cornelissen: ‘What we want to do here is to further extend the content of two concrete knowledge areas, namely logistics and the human factor. Given the fact that many stakeholders from around truck platooning will be together we hope to see a wider support base for creating the roadmap.’
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