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DB Schenker and MAN test between Munich and Nuremberg in 2018

Platooning is a road vehicle system in which at least two trucks on the highway can travel in close succession with the help of technical systems. The leading vehicle dictates speed and direction. The distance between the individual trucks is about ten meters. The goal is to achieve up to ten percent fuel savings for the entire platoon and reduce CO2 emissions through slipstreaming.

Platooning test on the motorway A 9

The regular test runs of the networked trucks began on June 25th 2018 along the 145-kilometer route Munich-Nuremberg. Trials are being carried out without any loads until early August. After that, the platoons will be on the road every day, making up to three routine logistics trips and laden with part loads of, for example, machine parts, drinks, or paper.

DB Schenker, MAN Truck & Bus and the Hochschule Fresenius are testing connected trucks

The platoons each consist of two trucks. At the beginning, the trucks still operate without cargo to investigate the driving conditions in the everyday traffic flow and to train the drivers involved in the operation of the vehicles and the technical driving characteristics. This is followed by weekly and then daily test drives. These will be replaced in the course of 2018 by scheduled services with real loads. The platoons are then used up to three times a day between the DB Schenker logistics centers in Munich and Nuremberg.

Around 2 million euros in support for the development of networked truck columns

DB Schenker, MAN and the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences receive federal funding for their joint development of networked truck columns. A corresponding decision by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure about two million euros is available. The scientifically accompanied platooning project will be funded for 20 months from June 2017 to January 2019.