From 5 to 8 April just over 800 exhibitors were in position at the RAI in Amsterdam, showing the latest trends, developments and innovations to around 27,000 visitors – who couldn’t miss the European Truck Platooning Challenge. The slogan ‘creating next generation mobility’ was displayed on two massive billboards on the plaza in front of the RAI. This also pointed visitors to Connekt’s splendid stand in the Smart Mobility hall, where the Challenge was positioned. Even more striking was the concentration of all the trucks that had taken part in the Challenge, parked in front of the RAI.
The RAI arranged for the arrival of the fifteen trucks to be filmed at the turn-off from the Amsterdam ring road to the RAI. On arrival of the trucks at the RAI parking area interviews were held with Dirk-Jan de Bruijn (Challenge programme director), and spokespeople for Daimler and Scania. Early in the morning of 7 April all the trucks were fitted with info-boards featuring technical information on truck platooning.
The film on the creation of Truck Platooning Challenge 2016 was shown on the stand throughout Intertraffic. This included impressive shots provided by the truck manufacturers. The Storybook which also tells the story of the creation of the Challenge, was handed out on the stand. This had been produced in cooperation with several stakeholders from the Challenge network.
On 7 April Kai Feldkamp, programme director Smart Mobility Rijkswaterstaat, gave a presentation at Intertraffic. Feldkamp guided more than 200 visitors through current key economic ratios and growth expectations in the area of mobility.
Also on 7 April, just over 150 invited guests to the Conference Truck Platooning Challenge, held elsewhere in the RAI, were welcomed for a farewell drinks party, as from 16.00 hours. This was a fitting final curtain after a day in which they had all contributed to the ‘Vision Truck Platooning 2025’.