Ford Trucks commences platooning trials in Turkey

Will Shiers
November 8, 2019


Ford Otosan has conducted its first platooning trials, after a pair of F-Max artics successfully travelled in convoy on a test track at its Eskişehir plant in Turkey.

The project, which sees Ford collaborating with AVL Turkey and AVL Regensburg in Germany, is the first phase in the development of a level 4 autonomous truck.

Ford Otosan assistant general manager Burak Gökçelik, said: “This R&D project will enable us to advance smart mobility, reduce carbon emissions and fuel consumption, and improve road safety. In the next phases of the project and long term we aim to develop SAE-level 4 autonomous driving features and realize hub-to-hub autonomous highway transportation.

"We are pleased to be one of the few truck manufacturers in the world investing and working on autonomous truck technologies with a prototype product.”

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Will Shiers

Will Shiers has held an HGV licence since the age of 21, and has been writing about commercial vehicles for the past 25 years. He started his career as technical editor on Motor Transport, before taking on the editorship of Truck & Driver. Since 2011 he has been the editor of industry leading weekly publication Commercial Motor. Will is the UK jury member of the International Truck of the Year.

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