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Truck and Track

Summer 2019



Platooning in the logistics industry:

Researchers see great potential in

real operations after tests

Successful completion of pilot project run by

DB Schenker, MAN Truck & Bus and Fresenius

University of Applied Sciences

Operating electronically linked trucks on Germanmotorways is

safe, technically reliable and easily applicable in the routine of

a logistics company. These are the key results of theworld’s first

field test with truck platoons in real logistics operations, which

the project partners presented in Berlin today.

As part of a research project sponsored by the Federal Ministry of

Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), professional drivers

drove two electronically linked vehicles on the Autobahn 9 between

the Nuremberg and Munich branches of the logistics company DB

Schenker over the course of seven months. Having covered some

35,000 test kilometers, the truck drivers, who drove at a distance of

only 15 to 21 meters, praised the driving comfort and the general

sense of safety. The field test also demonstrated savings in fuel


The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)

contributed funding of approx. 1.86 million euros to the research

project. The project partners, DB Schenker, MAN Truck & Bus and

the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, presented the results

at the Ministry. According to the project partners, the use of truck

platoons could ensure more efficient use of space on motorways,

less congestion and increased road safety.

Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister for Transport and Digital

Infrastructure said, “The mobility of the future will be automated

and networked. Of course, this is also true for logistics. I therefore

fully support the industry in bringing technologies such as