A trial involving semi-autonomous trucks traveling in a platooning convoy has so far been described as a success.
The trial, involving three trucks, is being conducted on a busy freeway in Virginia and overseeing the runs is the Federal Highway Administration.
A platooning trial involving two trucks was successfully completed by the agency last year and both are part of an extensive four-year research project into the self-driving technology.
Not only is the technology proving reliable, fuel economy savings of up to 7% have been achieved.
The partially automated trucks handle acceleration, deceleration and braking, with professional drivers behind the wheel actively steering the trucks.
The humans are also on hand to step in should something go wrong.
Good news for truckies?
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, says self-driving trucks could provide a lot of positives to the industry, as well as professional drivers.
“The future of innovative new technology to help our drivers navigate the road more safely is so full of promise; it’s a future where vehicles increasingly help drivers avoid crashes,”
“As technology advances, safety is a primary concern of the department, but the benefits of these driving technologies extend beyond safety, including productivity and efficiency on our roads.”
Check out this report on the trials from NBC Washington.
We will bring you more details on this story as they come to hand.