A consortium of DAF Trucks, TNO, NXP and Ricardo is uniting under the name EcoTwin to participate in the European Truck Platooning Challenge that is being organised by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment on Wednesday 6 April.
The objective of the Challenge is to obtain permission from governments to perform large-scale, pan-European testing of truck combinations that are linked wirelessly (‘platoons’). This enables truck combinations to drive very close to each other, which presents benefits in terms of fuel consumption and therefore CO2 emissions, safety and the flow of traffic.
One unique aspect of the ‘EcoTwin’ combination is the advanced Wifi-P connection, developed by NXP and specially designed for automotive applications. The rapid speed of the communication enables both DAF trucks to drive even closer together.
By reducing the gap between truck combinations as far as possible and making the most of slipstreaming, fuel savings of up to 10% can be achieved in future, along with equivalent reductions in CO2 emissions.
Editing for Eindhoven News: Chuan Nie