Operational and Infrastructure Readiness for Semi-Automated Truck Platoons on Rural Roads



  • Markus Metallinos Log Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Maren Helene Rø Eitrheim Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Institute for Energy Technology
  • Kelly Pitera Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Trude Tørset Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Tomas Levin Norwegian Public Roads Administration




field trial, rural roads, road geometry, tunnels, truck platooning


On highways, truck platooning may reduce fuel consumption, improve road safety and streamline trucking operations. However, most roads worldwide are two-way, two-lane rural roads, i.e., conditions for which truck platooning should be tested to explore the extent of those advantages. This paper reports findings from a field study undertaken in Northern Norway, testing a platoon of three semi-automated trucks on rural roads with tunnels, mountain passes and adverse geometries. Fleet management and distance data, videos, interviews and conversations between participants were used to assess whether platooning was feasible on such roads. The platooning system was used without interventions through most road conditions, and worked well on flat and wide roads with 90 km/h speed limits. However, it struggled in sharp horizontal curves, where the following trucks would speed up before regaining connection to their preceding truck and then brake abruptly to regain the prescribed distance. Moreover, steep uphills were problematic due to inconsistent gear shifting between the trucks. Seemingly, no fuel savings were achieved, due to excessive following distances and suboptimal speed profiles on crest curves. To obtain further insights into the benefits of truck platooning on rural roads, we suggest redoing the field study with V2V-communication, allowing for shorter following distances, and also performing a manual-driven baseline first.


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How to Cite

Metallinos Log, M., Helene Rø Eitrheim, M., Pitera , K., Tørset, T., & Levin, T. (2023). Operational and Infrastructure Readiness for Semi-Automated Truck Platoons on Rural Roads: Article. Proceedings from the Annual Transport Conference at Aalborg University, 30, 96–114. https://doi.org/10.54337/ojs.td.v30i.7908