Research and analysis

Truck platooning: UK road trial feasibility study

Research identifying the issues and risks of a UK road trial of truck platooning technology, which enables vehicles to move as a group.

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Heavy vehicle platoons on UK roads feasibility study

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Study looking at the feasibility of completing a UK road trial of truck platooning technology.

Platooning truck technology is used to control the position of following vehicles, permitting the group to operate in closer proximity.

The research reviewed how the technology might benefit:

  • UK business
  • the transport network
  • road safety
  • the environment

along with the issues faced by:

  • legislators
  • haulage companies
  • drivers of the vehicles in the platoon
  • trunk road network operators
  • other road users

The study was commissioned by Department for Transport.

Published 25 August 2017