Thoughts on Truck Platooning
The technological landscape of the trucking industry is always changing. With the new ELD mandate coming into play towards the end of this year and technology helping decrease emissions levels, the trucking world is not going to be the same as it was before. The industry is currently going through a transitional period – and newest buzz in the trucking world is about truck platooning. Today, we will discuss what truck platooning is, how it can help the environment, and why some drivers might be timid about the concept.
What is truck platooning?
Truck platooning is a method where trucks, equipped with state-of-the-art software, can drive in a tight line. The software allows for trucks to be closer than ever, resulting in decreased wind resistance. Since the trucks will be packed together on highways (almost like an assembly line), the trucks will be able to be separated from other drivers. The division will increase safety on the roads by allowing cars to be in their lanes, while truckers can be in their own.
How does it help the environment?
Since the trucks will be “tailing” one another, the less wind that a truck endures results in a decrease in fuel consumption. Why? When the winds are pushing against any vehicle, the consumption of fuel increases. And with a decrease in fuel consumption, the result is a decrease of CO2 emission. A lower of CO2 emission helps the air quality and improves the environment little by little. By using the platooning method over time, air quality increases. However, even if it helps the environment, why are truckers timid about this method?
What is concerning drivers about truck platooning?
Truck drivers take into consideration just about everything that involves their jobs. The method of truck platooning has been in discussion for years, but with truckers still unsure about the concept, it is hard for it to actually become a thing. Why are they unsure? It’s simple. Truck platooning is not as easy as you may think. Even with the technology available, there is still a chance for wrecks, involving both tractor trailers and cars. With the technology to sync up with another truck, there is still a chance that a car can get in the way, causing disconnection. And with the method of creating an assembly line, it might be hard for cars to take exits. A tight-knit line of trucks can block off parts of the highways and interstates – creating a barrier that could frustrate drivers. However, the biggest concern is the technology. The fleet would need to adapt to the new technology and possibly go through numerous training courses before hitting the road.
Drivers’ timidness is not to be taken lightly; however, as with every new development in the
industry, there are always concerns. And with technology changing, the problems that truckers
may face now with truck platooning could be wiped away with trials, testings, and research.
Moreover, the consideration of implementing truck platooning may pave way for other ideas,
such as dedicated truck lanes.
Truck platooning is a topic that has been around for years. The use of software to create a line for numerous trucks to join is becoming a bigger and bigger part of the discussion in the trucking industry. From the way it helps the environment to creating a division of vehicles on the road systems, truck platooning could be the next big thing. However, the concerns of truckers about the platooning method are still being voiced. But, with technology growing, the research, tests, and trials of platooning systems could create an ease for truck drivers.
Drivers, what are your thoughts and concerns about truck platooning? Tell us in the comments!