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Truck Linking Technology Saves Fuel and Adds Safety

Matt Ball on May 29, 2014 - in Projects, Sensors, Transportation

Peloton is an automated vehicle technology company that utilizes vehicle-to-vehicle communications and radar-based active braking systems, combined with sophisticated vehicle control algorithms, to link pairs of heavy trucks. The safety systems are always active, and when the trucks are out on the open road, they can form close-formation platoons. The system controls braking and acceleration, similar to adaptive cruise control, and drivers remain fully engaged and retain steering control. The dramatic reduction in aerodynamic drag in these platoons provides unprecedented fuel economy savings for both the trailing and the leading truck. A real-time video link lets the rear driver see the road ahead of the platoon. The more extensive data flowing from the trucks also allows new levels of diagnostics and prognostics, while empowering better drivers and stronger fleet management.

MAKING SAFE DRIVERS SAFER

Frontal collisions are the most common accidents involving heavy trucks. Peloton’s cooperative braking prevents frontal collisions by automatically applying the brakes on both trucks – eliminating delays of human perception and reaction time for the following truck, which account for over 100ft of distance at highway speeds.

BEST-IN-CLASS FUEL SAVINGS

Fleets make money using Peloton. Leading fleet CR England verified that Peloton’s platooning technology saves more than 7% at 65mph – 10% for the rear truck and 4.5% for the lead truck. Long-haul fleets spend 40% of operating expenses on fuel, accounting collectively for over 10% of U.S. oil use and related carbon emissions. The Peloton System offers greater efficiency gains than any other aerodynamic technology for tractor-trailers, providing the industry means to save more than $6Billion of diesel fuel annually.

View this overview video for a dramatization of how the technology can be utilized:

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