Daimler to test truck 'platooning' technology in U.S.

Daily Mail - Science & tech 

German automaker Daimler AG's trucks division said it would test a new technology called'platooning' on U.S. roads, allowing large digitally-connected trucks to save fuel by driving closely together, with one vehicle following the other. Daimler's announcement, and promises on Monday by rivals Navistar International Corp and Volkswagen AG to field a medium duty electric truck by 2019, highlight a race among global commercial truck makers to deploy new technology both to anticipate regulatory mandates and influence policy debates. Trucking industry executives are gathering this week at the North American Commercial Vehicle show in Atlanta as the U.S. medium and heavy truck market is emerging from a slump. Daimler AG's trucks will save fuel by driving closely together, with one vehicle following the other. The test will allow large digitally-connected trucks to save fuel by driving closely together.