NXP and DAF Trucks have also announced plans to empower truck platoons to react 30 times faster than humans in 2017
NXP and DAF Trucks are demonstrating live truck platooning in Munich ahead of the Electronica event which runs in the city from 8-11 November. The trucks will be electronically linked for synchronised braking and acceleration. Platooning promises to increase fuel efficiency up to 10 per cent, improve road safety and reduce exhaust emissions like CO2, PM and NOx.
It is part of a bigger showcase of secure intelligent transport systems and will also feature traffic signal and vehicle synchronisation as well as systems which aim to protect vulnerable road users based on secure vehicle-to-everything technology (V2X).
Intelligent traffic lights from Siemens that automatically adapt traffic signalling based on the truck convoy’s location to improve traffic flow will form part of the demonstration. Honda, Marben, Cohda Wireless and Chemtronics are also taking part with secure V2X use cases being showcased that include the detection/warning of motorcycles for improved safety. An autonomous car built by the University of Eindhoven using NXP sensor fusion will also be at the event.
NXP and DAF Trucks have also announced plans to empower truck platoons to react 30 times faster than humans in 2017. Achieving this goal would mark a significant milestone in the introduction of platooning to fleet operators who expect considerable efficiency and safety gains while maintaining a maximum level of data security.
"Helping platoons react 30 times faster than humans is a tall order that we are not taking lightly,” said Ron Borsboom, director product development at DAF Trucks. “While there is still a lot of research and development required to make this a reality, we are working with NXP on an ambitious plan to demonstrate the improved response time in 2017."
NXP, DAF Trucks, TNO and Ricardo, which are all members of the EcoTwin Truck Platooning project, have previously achieved a breakthrough truck platooning distance of 0.5 seconds between trucks. While platooning at 80km per hour, trucks that were linked wirelessly via V2X technology, along with high-performance camera and radar systems, were able to maintain a distance of 11 metres flawlessly.
The consortium is now cooperating to further bring down the minimum distance between trucks by another 40 percent (to 0.3 seconds which equals 7 meters at 80 km/h). In this new context, the platooning system will need to reliably react 30 times faster than a human driver. This requires the wireless communication between trucks to take place in the timeframe of milliseconds.
This breakthrough will be achieved through a variety of technology enhancements that improve safety:
Kurt Sievers, general manager NXP Automotive Together said that with its smart transportation partners, more than one million test days have been completed globally in secure vehicle-to-x communications based on NXP’s RoadLINKTM solution.
He added: “Our tests have shown the maturity and strong security levels of RoadLINK, which is being deployed in its first production cars. Today’s demonstrations with DAF Trucks, Siemens, Honda and other partners underscore the power of ultra-fast, secure and direct communication between traffic participants.”
Electronica is the leading trade fair for electronic components, systems and applications.
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