Platooning – a solution for the future?
More efficient road transport is a topic of great interest. Platooning and automation as well as the use of longer, heavier vehicles are all measures for increasing efficiency. Platooning results in lower fuel consumption mainly due to less air resistance as the vehicles are being driven closely together.
Automation produces savings as the number of drivers may be reduced and the remaining drivers can use "driving time" in other ways, such as for administrative tasks or rest. Longer vehicles can carry more freight per vehicle, lowering the cost per transported ton. If these trends become commercialised and are combined in the future, road transport may be carried out as road trains in which many long vehicles drive in a platoon.