DUSSELDORF, GERMANY — Daimler Trucks Monday unveiled the Highway Pilot Connect, a truck platooning system that has already been approved for use in a limited area in Germany, while its Highway Pilot autonomous driving system has been approved for use throughout the country.
The company says the new platooning system offers up to 7% lower fuel consumption and correspondingly lower CO2 emissions, plus only half of the previously required traffic space
Watch: In the cab of the Freightliner Inspiration TruckDaimler originally unveiled the Highway Pilot in Germany in 2014 in a demonstration as part of its Future Truck 2025 initiative. They followed up in 2015 with the Freightliner Inspiration Truck in North America, and then put the Highway Pilot into a standard Mercedes-Benz Actros.
Highway Pilot Connect is the next step.
Source: Daimler Unveils Highway Pilot Connect Truck Platooning – News – TruckingInfo.com
A hybrid electric-drive trailer tandem is being developed by group of engineers who promise substantial fuel savings and fast payback. The device, which for now has no official name, is under road testing and should be ready for the market in mid-2017, according to officials at Hyliion Inc., in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The system captures energy during braking and as a tractor-trailer runs downhill, and reapplies energy through a drive axle to help the truck launch and accelerate from a standstill and run uphill. Operation is completely autonomous and, except for an on-off switch, the driver has no involvement.
Source: Hybrid Electric-Drive Trailer Tandem Being Developed – News – TruckingInfo.com
Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced in a March 11 blog post that DOT will hold two public hearings, one in Washington, D.C., and one in California, to get input on “how to best integrate the safe operation of automated vehicles.”
The first hearing will take place April 8th in Washington; a date for the California event has not been announced.“The feedback from these meetings will help the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration provide manufacturers with the rules of the road for how we expect automated vehicles to operate safely,” Foxx wrote.
Source: DOT Slates Public Hearings on Autonomous Vehicle Safety – News – TruckingInfo.com
I am a freak for the American road trip. And I’m not alone, as some of this country’s best writers have taken a shot at describing that quintessentially American experience. “There is no such knowledge of the nation as comes of traveling in it, of seeing eye to eye its vast extent, its various and teeming wealth, and, above all, its purpose-full people,” the newspaper editor Samuel Bowles wrote 150 years ago in Across the Continent, arguably the first true American road-trip book.
The above map is the result of a painstaking and admittedly quixotic effort to catalog the country as it has been described in the American road-tripping literature. It includes every place-name reference in 12 books about cross-country travel, from Mark Twain’s Roughing It (1872) to Cheryl Strayed’s Wild (2012), and maps the authors’ routes on top of one another. You can track an individual writer’s descriptions of the landscape as they traveled across it, or you can zoom in to see how different authors have written about the same place at different times.
Source: The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips | Atlas Obscura
With all the buzz about the future of connected vehicles and driverless cars and trucks, there’s an important component that needs to be addressed, and that’s the infrastructure these vehicles need to interact with.
Some states are already working on some projects in this area, reports Governing. http://www.governing.com/topics/transportation-infrastructure/gov-driverless-cars-states-infrastructure.html
For instance, take something as seemingly simple as lane markings. Freightliner’s Inspiration Truck, which it debuted last year to showcase autonomous technologies, has a lane keeping system that builds on the current lane departure warning technology using a stereo camera system to maintain trucks’ lane position. The camera recognizes lane markings and communicates through the computer controls with the steering gear – but there have to be lane markings it can recognize.
Source: The Infrastructure of Autonomous Vehicles – All That’s Trucking – TruckingInfo.com