Navistar: Cool tech and truck convoys
By John Carpenter
Blue Sky Reporter
We might have to wait a few years to see driverless semis, but “platooning” could be just around the corner.
If you’re of a certain age, close your eyes and picture the 1975 novelty hit film “Convoy.” Then take away the frightening over-reliance on the reflexes of drivers called “Pig Pen” and “Rubber Duck.”
Soon platooning technology will allow trucks to line up in a train-like row, spaced about 40 feet apart, automatically braking and accelerating as a unit in response to the lead driver — all the while banking impressive fuel savings with every mile, according to Darren Gosbee, director of advanced technology at Lisle-based Navistar.
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