Study says Adaptive Cruise works
A new study conducted in the U.S. has found Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) will play a significant part in a trucking industry future that includes widespread platooning.
Platooning, for those unfamiliar with the term, is when a number of trucks drive closely together, enjoying the advantages of slip-streaming and with less taxing driving required, as outlined in this video…
The technical paper was completed by Newark College of Engineering Institute of Technology engineers Zijia Zhong, Joyoung Lee and Liuhui Zhao.
The report, Multiobjective Optimization Framework for Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control Vehicles in the Automated Vehicle Platooning Environment, was published by the Transportation Research Board.
It says CACC has been proven in tests to be an effective means of automated longitudinal control technology.
They say the technology, which is only found in a small number of new trucks in 2017, will help provide the means for platooning applications in the near future.
The authors say using CACC in platooning applications can bring mobility, safety, driver comfort, and fuel consumption advantages.
Just how much fuel can be saved? They found fuel consumption advantages of up to 33%.
But the advantages of CACC without being used in a platooning strategy were also found.
The authors say using the technology helped maintain a good balance between all of the objectives.