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.”