Monday, April 27, 2015

Volvo Invests in Convoy Technology for the Road Haulage Truck Industry

Platooning System Links Vehicles in Tandem to Avoid Collisions and Save Fuel
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US – Volvo has announced that one of its subsidiaries, Volvo Group Venture Capital, has invested in Peloton Technology, a developer of vehicle technologies that deliver safety and fuel savings to fleets in the trucking industry. Peloton’s truck platooning, or convoy, system is an integrated safety, efficiency and analytics platform that builds on advanced safety technologies such as collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control systems. The Peloton system electronically couples road haulage trucks through a combination of vehicle-to-vehicle communications, radar-based active braking systems and proprietary vehicle control algorithms. The result is enhanced collision avoidance capabilities and increased fuel efficiency for the front and rear trucks in a two-truck platoon.

A study of Peloton’s system by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and a major fleet, using the industry standard SAE Type II test, showed reductions in fuel consumption of 10 percent for the rear commercial vehicle and by more than 4 percent for the front vehicle. Other U.S. and international studies of truck platooning have also shown high levels of fuel efficiency improvement. Jonas Landstrӧm, investment director and head of the Americas for Volvo Group Venture Capital said:

“Peloton Technology has assembled a stellar team and developed a technology-based platooning solution with the potential to save a significant amount of fuel and also increase safety for fleets. Volvo Group Venture Capital is focused on partnering with companies that help our customers increase their bottom line through technology-based solutions.”

Volvo Group Venture Capital is part of the Volvo Group. With the objective of accelerating new business growth, Volvo Group Venture Capital invests in companies driving service orientation and product differentiation in the transportation industry. Gӧran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America commented:

“Volvo Trucks has long been a leader in offering advanced technology to our customers, and we were the first OEM to lead a platoon. We look forward to working with Peloton Technology as they work on a platooning solution that will improve safety and fuel efficiency, while also combatting the costs associated with congestion.”

Peloton, based in Mountain View, California, also is developing a Platooning Network Operations Centre, a cloud-based service that helps trucks find platooning partners, collects vehicle and driver data and allows the approval or adjustment of platooning parameters. Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North America observed:

“The societal demand for reduced traffic congestion, as well as improved safety on our nation’s highways, will continue to drive the need for innovative advanced technologies, such as platooning. Mack has had a longstanding commitment to maximizing the efficient transportation of freight, reducing the environmental footprint through alternative-fuel vehicles and the purposeful integration of technology and people.”