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Truck Platooning Matchmaking: A Solution to Enable the Formation of Truck Platoons by Using Real-time Operational and Logistics Data

Technology Overview

The deployment of truck platooning – heavy-goods vehicles driving at short inter-vehicle distances in convoy formation – is accelerating throughout the world. However, in initial deployment stages adoption rate of the technology will be low and single trucks will need to be able to find each other in order to form platoons.

To that end, matchmaking technology is needed that essentially serves as a professional Tindering service for trucks: establishing the perfect match for two or more trucks to form a platoon. Our matchmaking solution can plan the platoons ahead of time or use real-time data to find a match while driving. Our algorithms use data about routes, cargo and vehicle mass, truck characteristics such as power-to-weight ratio and braking performance, and infrastructural aspects such as road type and classification.

The truck platooning matchmaking solution enables to form more, longer and more long-living platoons. The solution is aimed at fleet-owners, fleet management system (FMS) providers, truck manufacturers, logistics service providers and automotive industry suppliers. Customer benefits include reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions (5-10%), increased traffic safety and improved traffic flow, better driver comfort and productivity, and logistics optimization.

Technology Features & Specifications

Our solution features:

  • Algorithms for matchmaking platoons, based on planning schedules or dynamic platoon formation (on-the-fly)
  • Real-time operational data processing from fleet management solutions
  • Spatial / location data processing at 1 Hz
  • APIs for connecting to fleet management solutions or other logistics solutions
  • Simulated and tested in a real logistics environment in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands
  • On-going development to add more features and capabilities and support more comprehensive matchmaking.

Potential Applications

The developed solutions and algorithms can be applied for matchmaking of trucks to form platoons. Similar applications however revolve around ride-sharing and car-sharing services, or multi-trip public transport services including taxi services.

Market Trends and Opportunities

Truck platooning will start to see widespread deployment in the coming years. In the US, suppliers are already filling orders of retrofit platooning solutions, and it is expected that European truck OEMs are going to follow suit in the upcoming years. As long as adoption levels of the platooning equipment remain relatively low, there is a definite need for finding platoon partners pre-trip or on-trip.

Customer Benefits

We have developed proof-of-concept technology for the Platooning Service Provider matchmaking solution and it has been used to simulate platoon matchmaking on actual carrier data in the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Algorithm parameters and settings have been developed in close cooperation with operational staff at large container carriers. Development on additional settings and applications is on-going.

Customer benefits from truck platooning include reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions (5-10%), increased traffic safety and improved traffic flow, better driver comfort and productivity, and logistics optimization.

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