After testing its truck platooning technology in Europe and the US, Daimler is now operating digitally connected trucks with its Asian brand FUSO. Initiated by the Japanese ministry of economy and the ministry of transport and tourism, those tests will run until February.
For the digital connection of the FUSO Super Great truck during the platooning test, Daimler is combining the technological possibilities of connectivity with its expertise in autonomous driving. Wi-Fi-based Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication (V2V) interacts with driver-assistance systems, which are also used in Daimler-brands Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner. These tests are part of Japan’s strategy to roll out innovations like IoT, big data and artificial intelligence across all industries. Truck platooning will contribute to the reduction of fuel consumption and to lower CO2-emissions. In addition, truck platooning will help with Japan’s dramatic driver shortage.
In October last year, Daimler began conducting platooning tests on public highways in Nevada and Oregon. These operations use Wi-Fi-based vehicle-to-vehicle communication to digitally link a convoy of autonomous trucks to increase safety and efficiency.
“Two years ago, we demonstrated with Mercedes-Benz trucks in Europe that platooning can be done and is highly advantageous. Right now, we keep developing the technology with Freightliner on public roads in the US. Japan is a key market for us that is on the lookout and promotes new technologies. We take part in the Japanese government’s initiative to push platooning further ahead in Asia and to remain in the lead in the development of this technology.“ said Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Trucks and Buses.