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Britain gives nod for trial of self-driving truck convoys

Sep 02, 2017, 4:15 AM EDT
(Source: 316th ESC/flickr)
(Source: 316th ESC/flickr)

Semi-automated trucks, slipstreaming each other and connected via Wi-Fi-based “vehicle-to-vehicle communication” technology, could hit the U.K. roads after the government approved the pilot project aimed at decongesting highways and cutting down carbon emissions.

Transport Research Foundation (TRL), the company that will carry out the $10.5 million trial, claims that such platoons of connected vehicles will use road space more efficiently besides ensuring low carbon emissions and making people used to autonomous fleets, notes Digital Trends.

Platooning could also bring down fuel costs for haulers although questions have been raised over safety particularly on motorways, writes The Guardian.

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