Yesterday the government confirmed they have put aside 8.1 million pounds to fund lorry platooning trials.
The trials, which will take place in three stages beginning with discussion and test track research, could be visible on our major roads by the end of next year.
Up to three HGVs could travel in convoy using wireless connectivity. The lead vehicle will control the acceleration and braking, although drivers will be in all three vehicles during the testing phase to take control should the need arise.
If the trials prove successful and lorry platooning goes live, only the lead vehicle will have a driver.
“Technology that will Improve People’s Lives”
Speaking at the launch of the trial, Transport Minister Paul Maynard said:
“We are investing in technology that will improve people’s lives.
“Advances such as lorry platooning could benefit businesses through cheaper fuel bills and other road users thanks to lower emissions and less congestion.
“But first we must make sure the technology is safe and works well on our roads, and that’s why we are investing in these trials.”
Story via Department for Transport.