Automated truck platoon

Convoy of self-driving trucks completes first European cross-border trip

Six convoys of semi-automated “smart” trucks arrived in Rotterdam’s harbour on Wednesday after an experiment its organisers say will revolutionise future road transport on Europe’s busy highways.

More than a dozen self-driving trucks made by six of Europe’s largest manufacturers arrived in the port in so-called “truck platoons” around midday, said Eric Jonnaert, president of the umbrella body representing DAF, Daimler, Iveco, MAN, Scania and Volvo.

“Truck platooning” involves two or three trucks that autonomously drive in convoy and are connected via wireless, with the leading truck determining route and speed.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Will they also have robots that beat away the migrants trying to stowaway on the trucks?

    • They’ll need them.

      • V10_Rob

        Working on it…

        • tom_billesley

          Big black robo-dogs.

    • Clink9

      Or this:

  • Who wants to bet on how long it will take terrorists to hijack this technology?

  • tom_billesley

    Australians do it with mechanical linkages, not WiFi

    • That’s all good and fine until a tree falls across the road. 😉