Automated and connected driving is a hot issue, with technology on the cusp of a breakthrough. Logically this demands that automated driving is introduced in practice. This requires cooperation between market parties, knowledge institutions, logistics service providers and governmentals. All too often introduction of innovations happens at the national level with time subsequently being lost dealing with issues around harmonization and standardisation. The European Truck Platooning Challenge and the route to realisation of cross border transportation with truck platoons in the near future, offer windows to reach workable agreements in advance.

Removing barriers

Work on amassing knowledge around harmonization and standardisation is ongoing at many locations. Alongside effective monitoring of the developments the plan here is also to remove barriers standing in the way of making truck platooning operational. Mutual recognition of entrance procedures, driver requirements and infrastructural conditions depends on countries and parties empathizing, without building national walls.

All parties involved are interdependent when it comes to removing barriers. The national vehicle authorities in various countries are unaware of their opposite numbers’ mutual requirements. Road management and admission of vehicles differ from country to country. Road characteristics, including lines, cloverleaf junctions and radius of curvature may differ. Road managers are often unaware of truck manufacturers’ knowledge in this area. It is precisely the sharing of this knowledge between all parties that will make cross border transportation with truck platooning possible.