Partial Automation for Truck Platooning: Auburn University
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|Partial Automation for Truck Platooning: Auburn University|
|From 2013-09-19 to 2016-06-20||Funded|
Test truck platooning, with the goal of saving fuel, increasing safety, and decreasing traffic congestion. The research will take place on the 1.7-mile track at Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology.
- Analysis of key issues prior to heavy truck CACC market introduction
- Investigate partial automation – including throttle and braking systems – for two-truck platooning by integrating vehicle-to-vehicle communications and adaptive cruise control (ACC)
- Combining the communications system with ACC enables the following truck to travel at a close, yet safe, distance to the truck ahead.
- Driver Assistive Truck Platooning (DATP), a form of cooperative adaptive cruise control, uses radar for longitudinal sensing, as well as dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) to allow vehicle-to-vehicle communication
- Trucking fleets will benefit from this system by reducing collision-related expenses, fuel costs and emissions.
The Auburn Team:
- Dr. David Bevly, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory
- Richard Bishop, consultant responsible for organizing the research team;
- Alvin Lim, associate professor of computer science and software engineering;
- Chase Murray and Richard Sesek, assistant professors of industrial and systems engineering;
- Andrew Shelton, assistant professor of aerospace engineering; and
- Rod Turochy, associate professor of civil engineering.
- the American Transportation Research Institute, the research arm of the American Trucking Association;
- Meritor Wabco, a leading supplier of braking and safety systems;
- Peloton Technology, the creator of a system combining radar and DSRC communications; and
- Truck manufacturer Peterbilt Motors Company.
Budget / Funding
N/A / 1.2 m$