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    So today the government announce that a trial of platooning will be undertaken next year.
    Most likely motorway section to be used wil be the M6 north of Carlisle.
    Interestingly the AA have jumped out of their box to protest that it is not the answer to reduce emissions
    More interesting is their preferred solution electric trucks. Result

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    Platooning already occurring, there called trains which ton for ton hauled is far more fuel efficient. If this is going to happen on motorways what happens when there are so many trucks in convoy that they start to obstruct people trying to leave as the convoy pass motorway junctions. This may work in countries with very long straight roads but can you imagine this on the M25 in rush hour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nigely View Post
    Platooning already occurring, there called trains which ton for ton hauled is far more fuel efficient. If this is going to happen on motorways what happens when there are so many trucks in convoy that they start to obstruct people trying to leave as the convoy pass motorway junctions. This may work in countries with very long straight roads but can you imagine this on the M25 in rush hour.
    In Australia they just cut out the middlemen, literally. They build powerful enough tractor units they don't need to platoon, they just hitch up all the trailers and run. Of course reversing is tricky but then a platoon of trucks can't reverse either.

    Those trains are tricky to use at the beginning and end of journey. That's how the trucking industry started taking over, the labour to load and unload got too expensive and then they invented the container.....
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