This international conference organised by ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) was held on Tuesday 16 February at the Royal Museum of Art and History in Brussels. The approx. 250 participants received an in-depth briefing on the European Truck Platooning Challenge.
There was a consensus that truck platooning could only happen with an integral approach. A multidisciplinary approach will enable all stakeholders to shrug off narrow self-interest and contribute to realisation – each from its own zone of responsibility. Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of ACEA and host of the conference, put it in a nutshell: 'This is the way to break through existing patterns.’
The role of government
For the time being government will need to fulfil a connecting function in realisation of truck platooning, given the current status of its innovation life cycle. Meanwhile, the dominant role of the transport sector in Europe’s economy and the fact that this is mainly by road, also weigh significantly. Marjolijn Sonnema, Director Roads and Traffic Safety and deputy Director General for Mobility at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment had this to say: ‘Seen from that angle the Challenge is not only “learning by doing”, but also “showing by doing”.’