European Truck Platooning Challenge 2016

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European Truck Platooning Challenge
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General information
Support Action
Europe Rijkwaterstaat
From 2016 to 2016 Completed
EU Truck Platooning Challenge
Dirk-Jan de Bruijn, Programme Director, Rijkswaterstaat

During its Presidency of the European Union in 2016, the Netherlands will initiate a European Truck Platooning Challenge.


The challenge will involve various brands of automated trucks driving in columns (platooning), on public roads from several European cities to the Netherlands. Main European ITS corridors could be used such as the Nordic Way and Rotterdam-Frankfurt-Vienna.

The aim of the Challenge is to bring the concept of platooning closer to implementation, and bring together the member states and private parties with the aim of harmonising policies and technical issues. The project foresees to strengthen the collaboration between partners in the truck industry, logistics services, research institutes and governments.


Implement the 2-truck platooning concept as a novel logistic solution step by step, in 5 years; foster collaboration in Europe in the area of automated logistics, in particular truck platooning.

The impact of truck platooning goes far beyond the transport sector. Automated driving and smart mobility also offer realistic chances to optimise the labour market, logistics and industry.

In the framework of the European Truck Platooning Challenge 2016, six brands of automated trucks - DAF Trucks, Daimler Trucks, Iveco, MAN Truck & Bus, Scania and Volvo Group - have been successfully driving in columns (platooning), on public roads from several European cities to the Netherlands. The aim of the Challenge was to bring platooning one step closer to implementation.

Related Projects



  • DAF
  • MAN
  • ACEA
  • AutomotiveNL
  • CEDR Conference of European Directors of Roads
  • CLEPA European Association of Automotive Suppliers
  • Connekt ITS Netherlands
  • Port of Rotterdam
  • RDW
  • TLN
  • TNO
  • Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment
  • DGT, Dirección General de tráfico
  • Vejdirektoratet, Danish Road Directorate
  • Departement Mobiliteit and Openbare Werken
  • Evo
  • Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport, the Netherlands
  • EReg, Association of European Vehicle and Driver Registration Authorities
  • Rai vereniging, Rijwiel and Automobiel Industrie
  • APM Terminals
  • IRU International Road Transport Union
  • Ministry of Transport and Building, Denmark
  • Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Germany
  • Ministry of Transport and Communications
  • Trafi Finnish Transport Safety Agency
  • Government Offices of Sweden
  • Verbond Van Verzekeraars
  • ESC

Budget / Funding


truck platooning; logistics; freight; cross-border pilot