Federal, state and local government and private industry partners conducted a demonstration of partially automated truck platooning, or Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Port complex and along Interstate 110 to give partners and stakeholders a first-hand experience of this rapidly maturing technology that could enhance safety, increase system capacity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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The technology, developed by the University of California, Berkeley Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH), in coordination with Volvo Group of North America’s platooning activities, was demonstrated as trucks drove the freeway safely in closer proximity than usual by using forward looking sensors and vehicle-to-vehicle communication to maintain automated speed and spacing.
The demonstration simulated “real world” conditions as three big-rig trucks drove 50 feet apart at speeds of 55 miles per hour while towing cargo containers, similar to those that shuttle between the port and industrial centers throughout Los Angeles County. Radar detected vehicle cut-ins by a staged vehicle to demonstrate how it handles traffic.
The CACC project is being developed by the PATH program and Volvo Group under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration Advanced Research Program, and Caltrans. Other project partners include Cambridge Systematics, Inc., the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Gateway Cities Council of Governments.