Newsletter 2

  Year 1, No. 2, 17 December  2015
European Truck Platooning Challenge 2016
Year 1, No. 2, 17 December 2015
This newsletter is designed for and by everyone professionally involved in the realisation of truck platooning in Europe and the organisation of the EU Truck Platooning Challenge in 2016. Alongside current developments, this monthly newsletter will also cover knowledge-sharing and exchange, briefing of partners and making contacts. Contributions are always welcome.
After the successful kick-off in Bordeaux, in early December, all Challenge stakeholders combined forces to give further shape to the European Truck Platooning Challenge 2016. This ‘Next Level Meeting’ was held in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam, with the organisation inspired by the words of Steve Jobs: ‘The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do!’ In April 2016 Rotterdam will be the destination for all truck platoons driving from various parts of Europe. Read more >
Just three more months and various truck platoons will be leaving from their European home bases and arriving in Rotterdam. It will be a long journey via the several corridors: automated, on open roads and cross border. Notwithstanding unforeseen circumstances, poor weather conditions and unexpected obstacles all platoons are expected to arrive in the Netherlands at 2 pm on 6 April 2016, at the APM Terminal in Rotterdam. Work proceeds apace on the organisation of the complex landing. To this end, on 30 November a delegation of the Challenge’s partners and stakeholders made an inspection trip to the landing site to get an early picture of the atmosphere and opportunities. On 1 December this was followed by a substantive working conference. See below for video reports of both gatherings. Read more & watch the short film>
Input and focus from the European truck manufacturers DAF Trucks N.V., MAN Truck & Bus AG, Volvo Trucks, Scania, Daimler AG, Iveco is crucial for the Truck Platooning Challenge. On 6 April 2016 they’ll show the world that it’s possible: automated, cross border driving on open roads. Each manufacturer will be involved with its own team. ‘The aim is to open the way for Europe-wide testing,’ says Jack Martens, project manager Advanced Technology at DAF Trucks. Read more>
Jan Hendrik Dronkers
Melanie Schultz van Haegen, the Dutch minister of Infrastructure and the Environment has recently returned from California, where she met with several car manufacturers and with Google about developments around self-driving vehicles. She stated that, where possible, she would give these developments her backing. The Dutch delegation visiting the California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH*) got to see a US truck platoon demonstration. Read more >
ACEA represents the 15 Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers; that includes all six truck manufacturers participating in the European Truck Platooning Challenge. According to Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of ACEA, one of the main reasons for joining the initiative is to highlight the cutting-edge technology that ACEA members are eager to bring to Europe’s roads. Read more >
As far as the CEDR, Conference of European Directors of Roads is concerned, heavy involvement in the Truck Platooning Challenge is useful in any language. In May 2014 CEDR and ACEA were invited to make a presentation to the EU Transport Ministers on the joint issues of safety and intelligent roads. The Dutch minister of Transport, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, went on to highlight intergovernmental cooperation on the NL-DE-AT Cooperative ITS corridor, and proposed further cooperation and automation. And this is where CEDR came on the scene. Our ITS group has already identified the potential benefits of automation. “And our experience on the Cooperative ITS corridor provides a blueprint for collaboration between countries and with industry, on a corridor approach”, says CEDR Secretary-General Steve Philips. Read more>
The Netherlands will use the EU presidency to get smart mobility on Europe’s political agenda. Europe’s Transport Ministers will be talking together about cooperative and automated driving at the Informal Transport Council on 14 April 2016. “This will be the first discussion in the European Union at political level!”, says Marjolijn Sonnema, Director Roads and Traffic safety, and deputy Director General of Transport and Mobility at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. Read more >
Florien van der Windt
Secretariat European Truck Platooning Challenge
Merel van Beekum
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Editorial team
Loes Aarts, Odile Arbeit de Chalendar, Dirk-Jan de Bruijn, Jacqueline Eckhardt (copy editor), Monique Moonen (editor-in-chief), Arjan van Vliet.


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