The EU Roadmap for Truck Platooning provides an overview of the steps that are necessary to implement multi-brand platooning before 2025. This roadmap shows when, and under which conditions, truck platooning can be introduced according to Europe’s truck manufacturers, provided that certain conditions are met – some of which are beyond the control of the truck industry.
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Platooning: step-by-step introduction
The technology for platooning with trucks of the same brand (so-called ‘mono-brand platooning’) is already available. Clearly, customers will need to be able to platoon with trucks of different brands, so the next step is to introduce multi-brand platooning (up to automation level 2 as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers, or SAE) with the driver still ready to intervene.
By 2023, it should be possible to drive across Europe on motorways (thus crossing national borders) with multi-brand platoons, without needing any specific exemptions. Subsequently, allowing the driver of a trailing truck to rest might come under consideration. Full autonomous trucks will only come later.