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02 08 2017 02

The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has committed nearly €2m (US$2.3m) in funding to DB Schenker, MAN Truck & Bus AG, and Hochschule Fresenius for their joint development of networked truck convoys.

The academically accompanied platooning project will be funded until January 2019. Initially the partners will test truck convoys in everyday operation at the digital test site on the A9 motorway for several months to analyze their suitability for practical application and system safety in real traffic scenarios, as well as within freight company DB Schenker’s logistics processes. This phase is also aimed at investigating the potential effects of the new technology on the truck driving profession.

DB Schenker will coordinate the entire project, and the first test runs will take place on the A9 freeway, between the company’s locations in Munich and Nuremberg, Germany, starting in early 2018. MAN will construct and supply the specially modified vehicles for performing the test runs. At the start, the trucks will run unloaded while the driving conditions in everyday traffic are analyzed and the drivers are trained. Over the course of 2018, there should be up to three trips per day with real loads.

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