As holder of the EU Presidency in 2016, the Netherlands will be organising the European Truck Platooning Challenge. Automated trucks of various types will drive in convoy (platooning) on public roads from a number of European cities to the Netherlands. They will travel on the main EU ITS corridors like the Nordic Logistic Corridor and the route between Rotterdam, Frankfurt and Vienna. The Netherlands hopes that the Challenge will bring truck platooning a step closer to implementation, since we believe that it can become a reality in Europe by 2020. However, we can only achieve this ambition by adopting a new way of working and by crossing borders, both between member states and public and private parties. With close cooperation between the automotive industry, research institutions and government authorities, we can make truck platooning the norm. The Netherlands is ready to help achieve this close cooperation and will be glad to operate as a constructive coordinator.
The Dutch government has launched a website about this topic. Click here!