Energy ITS - Automated Truck Platoon

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Energy ITS
Energy ITS / Automated Truck Platoon
General information
Japan Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI)
From 2008 to 2012 Completed
Project Info
Shingo Mawatari (ITS Research Fellow) & Hiroshi Yamaha (METI)
Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI)


  • Major research project and demonstration of CACC and fully autonomous truck platoons
  • Project motivation and funding was environmental / carbon reduction.
  • Goal: prove the potential of carbon dioxide reduction by platooning and feasibility of automated platoons with a close following distance.
  • PI: Tsugawa, Meijo University


Past phases have resulted in the commercialization of LKA, ACC, etc. Phase 5 Goals:

  • Development of sophisticated ASV Technologies
  • Development and promotion of the communications-based driver assistance system
  • Promotion for understanding and deployment of ASV technologies
  • Providing information on the ASV activities for harmonization of the international regulations

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Partners included:

  • New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) (quasi-governmental organization) performed the work.

Partners included

  • Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI)
  • Universities, private companies, research institutes

The CACC platoon was developed in collaboration with four manufacturers:

  • Hino
  • Mitsubishi
  • Isuzu
  • UD Trucks.

Budget / Funding

~4.4 Billion Yen / 43 million USD / (Energy ITS Project Total)

~3.9 Billion Yen / 39 million USD (Automated Truck Platoon)