A simulation effort shows that wide-area coordinated truck platooning can reduce fuel consumption by 7 percent.

Long-running truck platooning simulation in Sweden.


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This thesis seeks to investigate a long-running system that handles truck platooning in a fuel-efficient manner while also able to handle new assignments. A long-running system is a system running continuously, receiving and executing request after request, while keeping its internal state up-to-date. As trucks start their journey, they send a request to the coordination system, registering with the system. The coordination system keeps track of the position of all the trucks, and can update the plans in the system.


A simulation engine was created to investigate the viability of a long-running system, and the performance of different algorithms used in the system. For evaluation, several large test sets of truck assignments were randomly generated to model real world transport assignments. These truck assignments were then used in the simulation to investigate the effect of systematic parameter variations on the obtained fuel consumption reduction.


In simulations of 5,000 trucks in one day, the long-running truck platooning system could reduce fuel consumption by about 7 percent.

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Evaluating the Handling of New Assignments in a Global Truck Platooning System Using Large-Scale Simulations

Author: Ihren,Erik

Published By: KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Source Date: 11/13/2017



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Benefit ID: 2016-01114