DB Schenker and MAN will 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 from 2018 on the motorway A 9
For the first time in 2018, DB Schenker will test truck convoys in normal traffic by professional drivers in real traffic. In the test phase beginning in the spring of 2018, DB Schenker and MAN platoons will be deployed on the "Digital Test Field Autobahn" for several months on the A 9 between the DB Schenker branches in Munich and Nuremberg.
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.