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Self-driving trucks could be on our roads as early as next year following the announcement of government investment in a trail of platooning for 2018.

If you thought self-driving trucks?were a thing of the future you might need to rethink as the government has just agreed to invest £8.1 million in a trial of truck platooning on UK roads, as early as next year.

Platooning is seen by many to be a shortcut to putting self-driving trucks?on the road. The driver of the lead truck uses a digital system to dictate the speed and position of the trucks behind which are digitally linked to the platoon.

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As part of the test to see how UK roads will support self-driving trucks, three HGVs will be digitally connected (although a human driver will accompany each truck in case they are needed). The road tests will only go ahead, however Cheap Daniel Sedin Hat , once platooning has been trialled and deemed safe on private testing roads.

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The Benefits of Platooning

Thanks to the automation of the three HGVs, the vehicles will be able to travel safely much closer together than they would under driver control. This will reduce wind drag on the two following trucks and therefore dramatically reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions. Potentially this could provide substantial savings for haulage companies and benefits for the environment. Proponents also claim that platooning fleets will reduce congestion on UK roads.

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While most transport analysts agree that in some form or other, self-driving trucks?will be the future for the haulage industry Cheap Sam Gagner Hoodie , there are some who question whether platooning is the right answer for UK roads.

Trials have been carried out successfully in America and Europe but concerns have been raised that, due to the traffic volumes on UK roads and the large number of exits on our motorways, platoons of HGVs may not work here.

Edmund King Cheap Markus Granlund Hoodie , president of the AA, has said: “We have some of the busiest motorways in Europe with many more exits and entries. Platooning may work on the miles of deserted freeways in Arizona or Nevada but this is not America. A platoon of just three HGVs can obscure road signs from drivers in the outside lanes and potentially make access to entries or exits difficult for other drivers. Even a three-truck platoon is longer than half a Premier League football pitch.”

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Richard Burnett, chief executive of the RHA Cheap Sven Baertschi Hoodie , agreed safety was the biggest concern: “Of course we welcome improvements to the way the road freight industry works and we understand the benefits that such a mode of operation would bring. However, currently the focus seems to be on the technology behind the system. Safety has to come first and it cannot be compromised.”

With so many pros and cons, all we can do is watch next year’s platooning trials eagerly to see if this is a potential way forward for the haulage industry.

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