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European truck makers to compete in Netherlands autonomous “platooning” challenge

Published: March 29, 2016 | Rotterdam

The “landing” of the European Truck Platooning Challenge is scheduled for Wednesday April 6th, 2016 at APM Terminals, Maasvlakte II in the Port of Rotterdam.

Automated trucks representing six brands (DAF, Daimler, Iveco, MAN, Scania and Volvo) will drive in platoons, on public roads, from a number of European cities to the Port of Rotterdam.

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The Netherlands Government says it is delighted to host the European Truck Platooning Challenge 2016, the first cross border truck platooning initiative in Europe. And it is more than a technical project: it is about cooperation, about acting as a team to facilitate border crossing and compatibility on legal and technical issues.

Key is that the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW) was granted the authority to permit the usage of vehicles with innovative automated elements. Although assessment criteria and implementation legislation was developed for the new technologies clustered in automated and connected vehicles.

As holder of the European Presidency in 2016, the Netherlands hopes to bring truck platooning a step closer to implementation. We believe that it can become a reality in Europe by 2020. Hence our statement: Creating Next Generation Mobility.

Source: European Truck Platooning

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