The actual Challenge reached its grande finale on 6 April, when six truck platoons arrived safely on Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte II. But in no way did this mark the end of truck platooning as an innovative trend in Transportation and Logistics. Quite the contrary, this is just the start.
Further steps will follow. During the 6-9 June ITS European Congress in Glasgow partners and stakeholders in the Truck Platooning Challenge will meet up to discuss the next steps towards implementation of truck platooning in Europe. The agenda features sharing of knowledge and experience gained, alongside a strong focus on next initiatives under the coordinating role of the Bordeauxgroup-ambassadors with potential for transferring Rijkswaterstaat’s coordinating role to another party. This reflects the end of the Dutch EU presidency, effective 1 July 2016.
Odile Arbeit de Chalendar, ITS senior expert and European coordinator of the Challenge team, notes that: “After the success of the European Truck Platooning Challenge on 6 April 2016, it’s time to look at continuation. Hence, we are organising two separate meetings at the ITS Congress in Glasgow. The first expert meeting will involve all partners and stakeholders who were part of the Challenge, alongside countries and organisations who are willing to be part in the future. Moreover, we will also be organising a second meeting, to which we’ll be bringing together all truck platooning ambassadors to discuss further support and financing of truck platooning pilots in Europe.”
The expert meeting will be about:
- Exchanges on upcoming perspectives or projects
- Defining priorities and components of future challenges (corridors, type of technical challenge, safety rules, etc.)
The ambassadors’ meeting will cover:
- Conclusions of the expert meeting, and steps towards defining the subsequent vision and action plan;
- Support functions to enable continuation;
- How to follow up:
- ensure the follow-up of the vision and strategy defined by ambassadors;
- coordinate meetings;
- communicate effectively inside (and indeed outside) the framework of participants;
- provide follow-up information around small, medium and large scale upcoming challenges.
4. Discuss an organisation type capable of providing this support function
(Ertico, other proposals);
5. Discuss the financial support for the ambassadors in funding the support functions.
Arbeit de Chalendar hopes to see the high-profile partners taking part in one or both of the meetings. “At the same time we’re just as hopeful of a new, high-quality inflow of people and organisations who share our belief in truck platooning – players who are keen to move this fantastically promising innovation forwards in real terms. This is the moment to get on board. If you’ve got any questions or comments on the agenda, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”
For further questions, information or a direct application, please contact:
Odile Arbeit de Chalendar
Direction des affaires européennes et internationales DAEI
European and international Affairs