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I climbed up the steps into the cab, and into the surprisingly springy driver seat. Behind the almost horizontal steering wheel was a vast array of switches and dials, displaying the state of various truck systems; standard fare for a big rig. The only obvious sign that this truck packed more advanced features were half metre long antennaes on the large shiny wing mirrors, and a display on the windscreen. Mounted high, where a rear view mirror would normally be, was a computer tablet.
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In the rear vehicle, the tablet shows a driver from the front truck, so the driver behind can keep an eye on what is going on ahead. Or, in the front truck the driver can have a drivers eye view from the rear truck. That might sound like a rather uninteresting view of the back of his own truck at close quarters, but it also gives a very clear view of his blind spots, so it can be used to improve safety.
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The front truck communicates directly with the rear truck, conveying information including braking, vehicle speed and engine torque. There are just two switches to control the platooning system. First, both trucks check in with a control centre, which makes sure they are on a suitable road, weather conditions are ok, and it is safe to engage. The Platooning Network Operations Center is air traffic control, but much more automated, says Switkes.
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Peloton has just completed a 6,000 mile (10,000km) test in Texas with the US Department of Energy, and in total has covered around 15,000 platooned miles (24,000km).
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