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Title: Potentials for Platooning in U.S. Highway Freight Transport: Preprint

Abstract

Smart technologies enabling connection among vehicles and between vehicles and infrastructure as well as vehicle automation to assist human operators are receiving significant attention as means for improving road transportation systems by reducing fuel consumption - and related emissions - while also providing additional benefits through improving overall traffic safety and efficiency. For truck applications, currently responsible for nearly three-quarters of the total U.S. freight energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, platooning has been identified as an early feature for connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) that could provide significant fuel savings and improved traffic safety and efficiency without radical design or technology changes compared to existing vehicles. A statistical analysis was performed based on a large collection of real-world U.S. truck usage data to estimate the fraction of total miles that are technically suitable for platooning. In particular, our analysis focuses on estimating 'platoonable' mileage based on overall highway vehicle use and prolonged high-velocity traveling, establishing that about 65% of the total miles driven by combination trucks could be driven in platoon formation, leading to a 4% reduction in total truck fuel consumption. This technical potential for 'platoonable' miles in the U.S. provides an upper bound for scenario analysismore » considering fleet willingness to platoon as an estimate of overall benefits of early adoption of CAV technologies. A benefit analysis is proposed to assess the overall potential for energy savings and emissions mitigation by widespread implementation of highway platooning for trucks.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Vehicle Technologies Office (EE-3V)
OSTI Identifier:
1347503
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-5400-67618
Journal ID: ISSN 1946--3928
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Journal Volume: 10; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: To be presented at WCX17: SAE World Congress Experience, 4-6 April 2017, Detroit, Michigan
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; 33 ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS; advanced vehicles and systems; vehicle analysis; transportation; systems analysis; integration; fleet test and evaluation; truck platooning

Citation Formats

Muratori, Matteo, Holden, Jacob, Lammert, Michael, Duran, Adam, Young, Stanley, and Gonder, Jeffrey. Potentials for Platooning in U.S. Highway Freight Transport: Preprint. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.4271/2017-01-0086.
Muratori, Matteo, Holden, Jacob, Lammert, Michael, Duran, Adam, Young, Stanley, & Gonder, Jeffrey. Potentials for Platooning in U.S. Highway Freight Transport: Preprint. United States. doi:10.4271/2017-01-0086.
Muratori, Matteo, Holden, Jacob, Lammert, Michael, Duran, Adam, Young, Stanley, and Gonder, Jeffrey. Wed . "Potentials for Platooning in U.S. Highway Freight Transport: Preprint". United States. doi:10.4271/2017-01-0086. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1347503.
@article{osti_1347503,
title = {Potentials for Platooning in U.S. Highway Freight Transport: Preprint},
author = {Muratori, Matteo and Holden, Jacob and Lammert, Michael and Duran, Adam and Young, Stanley and Gonder, Jeffrey},
abstractNote = {Smart technologies enabling connection among vehicles and between vehicles and infrastructure as well as vehicle automation to assist human operators are receiving significant attention as means for improving road transportation systems by reducing fuel consumption - and related emissions - while also providing additional benefits through improving overall traffic safety and efficiency. For truck applications, currently responsible for nearly three-quarters of the total U.S. freight energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, platooning has been identified as an early feature for connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) that could provide significant fuel savings and improved traffic safety and efficiency without radical design or technology changes compared to existing vehicles. A statistical analysis was performed based on a large collection of real-world U.S. truck usage data to estimate the fraction of total miles that are technically suitable for platooning. In particular, our analysis focuses on estimating 'platoonable' mileage based on overall highway vehicle use and prolonged high-velocity traveling, establishing that about 65% of the total miles driven by combination trucks could be driven in platoon formation, leading to a 4% reduction in total truck fuel consumption. This technical potential for 'platoonable' miles in the U.S. provides an upper bound for scenario analysis considering fleet willingness to platoon as an estimate of overall benefits of early adoption of CAV technologies. A benefit analysis is proposed to assess the overall potential for energy savings and emissions mitigation by widespread implementation of highway platooning for trucks.},
doi = {10.4271/2017-01-0086},
journal = {},
number = 1,
volume = 10,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Mar 15 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Wed Mar 15 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}

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