NXP And DAF Trucks Commit To Set New Benchmark In Truck Platooning: 30 Times Faster Than Human Reaction Time

DAF Trucks, Siemens and Honda push the boundaries of secure V2X with live road demonstrations at electronica 2016
NXP and DAF Trucks Commit to Set New Benchmark in Truck Platooning: 30 Times Faster than Human Reaction Time
Platooning: trucks electronically linked for synchronized braking and acceleration
  • NXP and DAF Trucks will showcase truck platooning in the city of Munich with the inclusion of intelligent traffic lights (Siemens) that automatically adapt traffic signaling based on the truck convoy's location, thus significantly improving the traffic flow. 
  • Ricardo, TNO, NXP and DAF Trucks, members of the EcoTwin Truck Platooning Project, are in the research phase aiming to reduce the distance between platooning trucks by another 40 percent in 2017.  
  • Platooning promises to increase fuel efficiency up to 10 percent, improve road safety and reduce  exhaust emissions like CO 2, PM and NO x
  • Together with Honda, Siemens, Marben, Cohda Wireless and Chemtronics, other live demonstrations in Munich will include secure V2X use cases, such as the detection/warning of motorcycles for improved safety. An autonomous car built by the University of Eindhoven using NXP sensor fusion will also be at the event.

MUNICH, Germany, Nov. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) and its partners are showcasing the progress of secure intelligent transport systems in advance of this year's electronica show in Munich.  The demonstrations include platooning live on Munich roads, traffic signal and vehicle synchronization, and technology that protects vulnerable road users based on secure vehicle-to-everything technology (V2X). NXP and DAF Trucks have also announced plans to empower truck platoons to react 30 times faster than humans in 2017. Achieving this goal would mark a significant milestone in the introduction of platooning to fleet operators who expect considerable efficiency and safety gains while maintaining a maximum level of data security.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/276b5158-2648-468e-a58d-d165bacac801

NXP, DAF Trucks, TNO and Ricardo previously achieved a breakthrough truck platooning distance of 0.5 seconds between trucks. While platooning at 80 km per hour, trucks that were linked wirelessly via V2X technology, along with high-performance camera and radar systems, were able to maintain a distance of 11 meters flawlessly. The consortium is now cooperating to further bring down the minimum distance between trucks by another 40 percent (to 0.3 seconds which equals 7 meters at 80 km/h). In this new context, the platooning system will need to reliably react 30 times faster than a human driver. This requires the wireless communication between trucks to take place in the timeframe of milliseconds.

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