For the smooth and clean functioning of the long distance transport of bus and goods carrying trucks on the national highways, a scientifically elaborated method called platooning is in the works.
In this regard, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) is signed between Volvo Group India and Indian Institute of Science. This will allow IISc scientists and Volvo engineers to develop a sophisticated system for smooth transportation.
This type of vehicle movement is a new concept in India and it is expected to save at least 20 percent of costs through reduced fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emission.
The platooning method features a number of vehicles moving one behind the other at high speeds and the vehicles will communicate via the automated system with sensors. This will help drivers to avoid collision.
Volvo Group is already developing this system in Europe in their driverless truck platoons. Although the concept of platooning is not yet implemented in Europe.
The Volvo Group and IISc are also planning to develop an automated truck for mining application which will autonomously gather transport information while transporting mined materials from the mines.
The MoU has been signed for five years and the collaboration will look into the wide range of automotive technologies. But the primary focus will be trucks which will be extended to buses, construction equipment and marine application.
Vice-president, Advanced Technology & Research, Volvo Group, Jan-Ove Östensen said, "The intention of collaboration is connecting Volvo Group expertise with global academic research and innovation environments in critical technology areas."