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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-19-028    Date:  November 2019
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-19-028
Date: November 2019


The Exploratory Advanced Research Program

Partial Automation for Truck Platooning


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Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No. 3 Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle

Partial Automation for Truck Platooning

5. Report Date

November 2019

6. Performing Organization Code


7. Author(s)

Steven E. Shladover, Xiao-Yun Lu, Shiyan Yang, Hani Ramezani, John Spring,
Christopher Nowakowski, David Nelson, Deborah Thompson, Aravind Kailas,
Brian McAuliffe
K. Daniel Glover

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology
Institute of Transportation Studies
University of California-Berkeley
409a McLaughlin Hall
MC 1720
Berkeley, CA 94720-1720

131 Rollins Ave., Unit 4A
Rockville, MD 20852

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)
11. Contract or Grant No.

California Partners for Advanced Transportation
Technology: DTFH61-13-H-00012

TMNcorp: DTFH61-15-A-00003

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Research, Development, and Technology Federal Highway Administration
6300 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101-2296

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Research Summary Report, September 2013–March 2018

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

Contracting Officer's Representative: Osman Altan, HRDO-20
Technical Contact: Gene McHale, HRDO-20
EAR Program Manager: David Kuehn, HRTM-30

16. Abstract

Researchers at California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH), a research and development program at the University of California-Berkeley, studied the potential benefits of cooperative adaptive cruise control (CACC) by deploying the technology in a platoon of three trucks. They built the CACC system and implemented it in three long-haul trucks, tested it on closed tracks and open highways, simulated its use in real traffic scenarios, and demonstrated its use to stakeholders and interested parties. CACC uses dedicated short-range communication and other technology components to enable vehicles to "talk" to each other. It has the potential to add stability to traffic flow, alleviate congestion, and reduce fuel use and vehicle emissions—all while improving safety on America’s roads.

17. Key Words

Driver-assist technology, adaptive cruise control, partial automation, truck platooning, platooning, partially automated truck platoons, vehicle-to-vehicle wireless technology, cooperative adaptive cruise control, advanced platooning technology.

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.

19. Security Classification
(of this report)


20. Security Classification
(of this page)


21. No. of Pages


22. Price


Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72) Reproduction of completed page authorized



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