Scania test partly self-propelled trucks on Dutch highway




Scania and Transport and Logistics Netherlands on Monday held the first test with partially autonomous driving trucks on the Dutch public road. During the test drove three Scania trucks in convoy.

The three trucks departed from the Scania plants in Zwolle and put a track off the A28. It was a test of platooning, or linked drive, which lorries at a fixed distance away behind the other and are connected to each other. Once the first vehicle is braking, braking the followers directly in the same way. The idea is that drivers may eventually choose whether they want to insert such a convoy.

To test platooning with autonomous vehicles, the RDW has waived Scania and TLN. Since late January such tests are permitted on public roads. There are four other test applications to the RDW, with both trucks and passenger cars.

Resulted in early 2015 another test with trucks TNO, DAF and the Port of Rotterdam and the province of Gelderland and Wageningen University to test this year’s self-propelled vehicles in the vicinity of Wageningen. The rail cluster of the Transport Institute at TU Delft is self-propelled cars on a bicycle path examine opportunities as transport for rail passengers.

Minister Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure & Environment calls also adapt international regulations for the testing of autonomous vehicles. “In concrete terms, I mean the Vienna Convention, which since 1968 is to facilitate international trade. There are agreements on the minimum requirements for traffic, vehicles and drivers,” said she, during the test of Scania.


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