This April, a fleet of self-driving trucks completed a trip across Europe to test the concept of an automated platoon to haul freight. Truck platooning lines trucks up in columns at close distances. This results in reduced fuel consumption and fewer CO2 emissions. Linked using Wi-Fi, the trucks can respond 25 times faster than a human to an incident requiring braking of the vehicle.
This technology is expected to reduce shipping expenses by cutting labor costs and increase efficiency by hauling freight non-stop to destinations. Platooning in the US is expected to take four or five years for a pilot project to begin.
For more information about this technology and the article from Computerworld, by Lucas Mearian, click here: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3053529/car-tech/a-fleet-of-self-driving-trucks-rumbles-across-europe.html