Truck Platooning

PATH has been working on development of a cooperative adaptive cruise control (CACC) system for heavy trucks in collaboration with the Volvo Group since 2015, under the sponsorship of the FHWA Exploratory Advanced Research Program and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).  The reports posted here describe the technical results of this research, which also led to public demonstrations in San Jose, CA (June 2016 during the ITS America Annual Meeting), at the Port of Los Angeles (March 2017) and on I-66 in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC (September 2017).  Transport Canada supported two series of test track experiments to measure the fuel economy of this system at their Motor Vehicle Test Centre in Blainville, Quebec.  The first of those experiments was conducted in October 2016, in collaboration with the FHWA and Caltrans supported project and the second experiment was conducted in August 2017 in collaboration with PATH research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficient Mobility Systems program.

Publications

A First Investigation of Truck Drivers’ On-the-Road Experience Using Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control

Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) For Truck Platooning: Operational Concept Alternatives

Industry Needs and Opportunities for Truck Platooning

Fuel-economy testing of a three-vehicle truck platooning system

Videos

  
Video of October 2016 testing in Blainville, Quebec at vehicle following time gaps between
0.6 s and 1.5 s

 

 
Video of August 2017 testing in Blainville, Quebec at vehicle following gaps between 4 m and
87 m, including cut-ins by other vehicles and comparison with long combination vehicle

 

  
Caltrans District 7 video of March 2017 demonstration on I-110 near the Port of Los Angeles

 

  
Caltrans Director's video associated with March 2017 demonstration

 

FHWA video of PATH's September 2017 demonstration on I-66 in northern Virginia