Watch: Volvo truck platooning system takes to a public highway

Volvo trucks with wireless communication technology travel along N.C. 540 during an event Wednesday in which Volvo Trucks North America, in collaboration with FedEx and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, successfully demonstrated on-highway truck platooning as part of ongoing research collaboration. The “platoon” consisted of these Volvo tractors, pulling double 28 ft. trailers, connected through wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology to help reduce the reaction time for braking and enabling the vehicles to follow closer, automatically matching each other’s speed and braking. The event took place on N.C. 540 Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in Apex, N.C. (Justin Kase Conder/AP Images for Volvo Trucks)during an event Wednesday in which Volvo Trucks North America, in collaboration with FedEx and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, successfully demonstrated on-highway truck platooning as part of ongoing research collaboration. The “platoon” consisted of three Volvo tractors, pulling double 28 ft. trailers, connected through wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology to help reduce the reaction time for braking and enabling the vehicles to follow closer, automatically matching each other’s speed and braking. The event took place on N.C. 540 Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in Apex, N.C. (Justin Kase Conder/AP Images for Volvo Trucks)
Volvo trucks with wireless communication technology travel along N.C. 540 during an event Wednesday in which Volvo Trucks North America, in collaboration with FedEx and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, successfully demonstrated on-highway truck platooning as part of ongoing research collaboration. The “platoon” consisted of these Volvo tractors, pulling double 28 ft. trailers, connected through wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology to help reduce the reaction time for braking and enabling the vehicles to follow closer, automatically matching each other’s speed and braking. The event took place on N.C. 540 Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in Apex, N.C. (Justin Kase Conder/AP Images for Volvo Trucks)during an event Wednesday in which Volvo Trucks North America, in collaboration with FedEx and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, successfully demonstrated on-highway truck platooning as part of ongoing research collaboration. The “platoon” consisted of three Volvo tractors, pulling double 28 ft. trailers, connected through wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology to help reduce the reaction time for braking and enabling the vehicles to follow closer, automatically matching each other’s speed and braking. The event took place on N.C. 540 Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in Apex, N.C. (Justin Kase Conder/AP Images for Volvo Trucks)

Following up on Wednesday’s coverage of Volvo’s demonstration of its three-truck platooning system, here’s a video featuring Volvo engineers discussing how the system works and its benefits, along with a little footage of the trucks platooning down North Carolina’s Highway 540, also dubbed the Triangle Expressway.

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