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Trucking Efficiency Publishes Confidence Report on Two-Truck Platooning

“Two-truck platooning is showing real promise as a fuel-saving technology, even when considering the actual performance in real-world use.”—Mike Roeth, Operation Lead, Trucking Efficiency and Executive Director, NACFE

September 28, 2016, New York—Two-truck platooning, an emerging technology, is a viable method for reducing fuel consumption, according to the latest Confidence Report released today by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and Carbon War Room.

The potential fuel consumption savings versus an isolated single vehicle varies depending on the separation distance of the trucks, but at a 40- to 50- foot following distance, it can lead to 4% average savings over the two trucks in real-world operating conditions after accounting for traffic, terrain and time when equipped trucks will not be operating in a platoon.

The report details how platooning combines existing commercial vehicle communication systems with emerging vehicle-to-vehicle safety technology. It also explores some of the challenges presented by platooning, such as driver acceptance, platoon integrity, system security, and amount of time platooning.

This is the first time Trucking Efficiency has released a Confidence Report on an emerging technology. Despite being a relatively new practice, there is enough data available to bring a foundational understanding of two-truck platooning, and in turn, to advise the industry on how to eliminate or mitigate the challenges to adoption identified in the report. Also, the technologies used for two-truck platooning are fundamental to the longer-term autonomous trucking initiative. NACFE plans to publish further reports on other emerging technologies in the future.

Download the report here.

Download the executive summary here.

About Confidence Reports
This report is part of our Confidence Report series, intended to help end users and manufacturers determine whether to adopt a specific technology or set of solutions. The series also includes tire pressure systems, 6×2 axle configurations, idle reduction technology, electronically controlled transmissions, programmable engine parameters, low rolling resistance tires, lightweighting, downspeeding, tractor aerodynamics, trailer aerodynamics, and lubricants. Promising technologies for additional Confidence Reports are currently being identified.

Trucking Efficiency created an interactive information platform at to help users make more confident adoption decisions by providing detailed information on efficiency technologies, including data from across a variety of fleets and best practices for adoption.

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About Trucking Efficiency

Trucking Efficiency is a combined effort of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and Carbon War Room to double the freight efficiency of North American goods movement through the elimination of market barriers to information, demand, and supply.

About North American Council for Freight Efficiency

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to doubling the freight efficiency of North American goods movement. NACFE operates as a nonprofit in order to provide an independent, unbiased research organization for the transformation of the transportation industry. Data is critical and NACFE is proving to help the industry with real world information that fleets can use to take action.

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