Scania and another five truck platoons today reached the Port of Rotterdam in the concluding stage of the world’s first cross-border initiative with smart trucks.
These trucks have participated in the European Truck Platooning Challenge, organised by the Netherlands as part of its EU Presidency. The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) and its commercial vehicle members have been active partners of this initiative, with each brand providing one of the platoons.
Melanie Schulz, the Dutch minister for Infrastructure and the Environment who spearheaded this initiative, said: “The results of this first ever major try-out in Europe are promising. It will certainly help my colleagues and I discuss the adjustments needed to make self-driving transport a reality.”
“Platooning will change the industry”
There are still a number of barriers standing in the way of the roll-out of truck platooning across Europe. These barriers are not of a technical nature as platooning technology exists already; rather they are caused by differences in legislation between EU member states. “Platooning will change the transport industry,” according to Mikael Huldt, a Scania driver that has travelled with the platoon from Sweden to Rotterdam. “There will be challenges but since there is so much to gain in fuel consumption, up to ten percent, these challenges need to be overcome.”