DAF demonstrates EcoTwin project in the Netherlands
DAF and TNO demonstrated the “EcoTwin” project in front of the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Schultz van Haegen and her Belgian colleague Galant recently, in order to show how two trucks can be wirelessly linked via WiFi and driven a short distance from each other, with the driver in the second truck not being required to accelerate, brake and steer.
This was a first in the Netherlands. Two trucks platooning is the name for the concept where two trucks cooperate by driving a short distance from each other using automated driving technology.
The intention of the EcoTwin experiment with TNO – the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research – was to show that the second vehicle is technically able to follow a short distance from the front vehicle, using radar and camera information, thanks to wireless communication between the two vehicles.
During this process, the second vehicle can automatically accelerate, brake and even steer. The objective of the project with TNO is to reduce the gap between the two truck combinations as far as possible, so that fuel savings of 10% can be achieved in the long term, along with equivalent reductions in CO2 emissions.