Self-driving trucks tested in Japan, form a close-knit convoy for fuel savings

Self-driving trucks tested in Japan by NEDO.

As Google and others ramp up their plans to develop self-driving cars, one government-funded corporation in Japan is already making headway with autonomous heavy duty trucks. In order to save fuel, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has programmed a convoy of four trucks to drive just four meters (about 13 feet) apart. That cuts down on air resistance, reducing drag (and thus improving fuel efficiency) similar to drafting with a race car.

NEDO’s been working on the idea for a while, demonstrating a three-car convey with each car travelling about 15 meters apart (about 50 feet) in 2010. Three years later, the organization’s four-car caravan is far more efficient. Japanese broadcaster NHK reports that…

Continue reading…

The Verge – All Posts

Leave a Comment