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Platooning: birds as a role model text by Walther Wuttke •
MIT scientists have analysed truck platooning and found out how large savings in fuel can be achieved using simple solutions.
In the coming years the workplace of truckers will change considerably. Trucks travelling on the motorway in a digital convoy – a so-called platoon – will change processes in the logistics business. Platooning makes a considerable contribution towards saving energy. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has now shown in a study how this works. The scientists examined how the advantages of platooning can be best used in comparison to conventional transport solutions. In doing so, they first concerned themselves with flocks of birds or racing car drivers. Both reduce aerodynamic drag using a tight formation to save energy.