UK driverless truck trial set for next year

Trials of driverless HGVs lined up in platoons will begin next year in the UK, the DfT has confirmed.

The department said it is finalising plans for trialling autonomous trucks and that the trial would be conducted with help from Highways England.

A DfT spokesman told CommercialMotor.com that the project, which would involve chains of driverless trucks connected by technology, would start on a testing track before moving to the roads.

“The department is in the process of planning trials of HGV platoons to investigate their potential use on the UK infrastructure and their effects on UK traffic,” he added. “We anticipate these trials will be conducted in conjunction with Highways England, vehicle manufacturers and the haulage industry, starting in 2016.”

Previous tests have suggested that platoons could reduce fuel consumption in HGVs by up to 20%.

 

The Pink Link promotes customer Root Candles with new livery

The Pink Link has added two more dual branded trailers to its fleet, promoting its relationship with candle manufacturer Root Candles.

The livery features Root Candles’ products pictured alongside the Huddersfield-based operator’s Pinky Lynx character. The two trailers, which will remain on the fleet for at least four years, join another trailer in a similar livery which was put on the road in February.

Since March 2014, The Pink Link has been transporting products throughout the UK from Root Candles’ Bridghouse, West Yorkshire warehouse.

The Pink Link MD Richard Allen said: “We have developed a close working relationship with the Root Candles team over the past year. The unveiling of additional dual branded trucks further cements our partnership- we’re pleased to be helping raise awareness of the brand in the local area and beyond.”