One important component of FPInnovations’ Transportation and Infrastructure group work over the past months is the research on truck platooning, where two or more vehicles in a convoy are operating in a close following formation or platoon. The concept, inspired by pelotons of cyclists and originally developed for highway use to obtain fuel savings, utilizes technology to maintain the desired distance between trucks by controlling acceleration and braking, and the relative lateral position of the vehicle by steering, reacting faster than a driver can.
The development of platooning has attracted the attention of the natural resources sector and its implementation is expected to increase the productivity of drivers and help mitigate the workforce shortage.
As part of this project, FPInnovations would like to invite all interested parties to learn more on the concept of truck platooning, it functions, and the technology and measures to ensure safe operation.
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Time: 11:00 am (PT) / 2:00 pm (ET)
The webinar, hosted by FPInnovations, will be presented by guest Pr. David Bevly, Director of the GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory. Pr. Bevly holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and his research interests are vehicle dynamics, navigation and control, sensor fusion and state estimation.
More information can be obtained by contacting Édouard Proust, Senior Researcher in FPInnovations’ Transportation and Infrastructure group.