Auburn University Engineers have Developed a System to Platoon Vehicles

At a Really Close Space for Fuel Benefits

Auburn University engineers have developed a system to platoon vehicles at a really close space for fuel benefits. They’ve tested this technology on both commercial and army vehicles helping truckers and the military save money and be safer on the road.

“The heavy truck field industry is really a large consumer of fuel so I think there’s a huge potential benefit for fuel savings. So, it can have a huge impact on our economy because this industry uses so much fuel,” said Grant Apperson, Auburn University Research Engineer.

It’s called truck platooning; two or more trucks connected by wireless communications

“Humans don’t have the reaction time to allow short distance platooning. When you can have sensors and computers controlling that to allow trucks to follow close and draft, so you get fuel savings and those fuel savings are a benefit to the economy and the environment. These are other technologies above and beyond safety,” said Dr. David Bevly, Director of Auburn University’s GPS & Vehicle Lab.

The Auburn team has also tested a feature with civilian and military vehicles that would allow the trucks to adjust speed and braking.

“It was really interesting to show interoperability between military truck and commercial trucks using common communication platforms between the trucks,” said Dr. Bevly.

The Auburn project is the first time the Army has tested something like this on a public roadway.

“I’ve taken something that didn’t exist and helped make it into something that is impacting things today,” said Apperson.

Engineers at Auburn University excited to be a part of this first and technology that’ll have a lasting positive impact on business and our military.

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