TRL, appointed in August by Highways England and the Department for Transport (DfT) to lead the world’s first platooning trials to take place in a live operating environment, will give an update at the Microlise Transport Conference.
The presentation will outline how they will perform an independent evaluation of platooning’s potential for UK roads, including an assessment of the effects on fuel use, harmful tailpipe emissions, congestion and road safety.
“The aim of the trial is to provide an independent impact assessment and to quantify possible benefits and disbenefits,” said Rob Wallis, TRL CEO and confirmed speaker at Europe’s largest road transport conference. “Having succeeded with our consortium partners to secure government backing, and having already made an excellent start, we will be in a position to share progress so far at the Microlise Transport Conference in May.”
During the presentation, Wallis will provide an overview of the project, outlining the methodology and highlighting that safety is paramount, with strict criteria which must be met before testing and trials can take place on England’s Strategic Road Network.