The Department for Transport and the Highways Agency have confirmed that a trial will take place to investigate whether lorries can be wirelessly connected together. The process, known as platooning, allows lorries to be connected in a convoy with the decisions on braking and speed being made by the lead vehicle.
The Highways Agency said in a statement:
“We are pleased to be supporting the government’s ambition for the UK to be a global leader for innovation. The trial has the potential to demonstrate how greater automation of vehicles – in this instance, HGVs – can deliver improvements in safety, better journeys for road users and reduction in vehicle emissions.
Investing in this research shows we care about those using our roads, the economy and the environment, and safety will be integral as we take forward this work with TRL”.