Motorway platooning trials resume

Motorway trials of autonomous HGV platoons have begun after the project stalled during the start of the pandemic.

The consortium behind the trials said that the trucks are on the roads and are likely to be spotted on motorways over the summer.

However, consortium member the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) added that the various routes taken by the platoons would not be released ‘for safety reasons’.

A TRL spokeswoman said: “The on-road trials will run for nearly six months in different phases – lorries empty, lorries with loads and so on. Then there will be a period of analysis and report writing.

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