Truck Platooning_TThe Mid-America Freight Coalition, in cooperation with the MAASTO Working Group on Automation and Platooning, has published its report, Developing a Regional Regulatory Approach to Truck Platooning in the MAASTO Region: A Literature Review of the History, Progress, and Benefits of Truck Platooning.

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This report provides an overview of the development of truck platooning and automation as well as the potential benefits from the implementation of truck platooning.

In an effort to establish a common or complementary set of regulations across the region, legislative actions developed in the MAASTO states that are designed to ease the adoption of this technology are examined. Nine areas of potential conflict between states and platooning regulations are identified across the MAASTO region.

The report concludes that the adoption of truck platooning is accelerating, but agencies and regulations may hinder this progress.

The overall goal is to develop a Midwest Truck Platooning Regulatory Model that provides for harmonization of regulations governing truck platooning across the MAASTO region.

Brochure Also Available

A brochure is also available that gives a concise overview of the report’s findings in a graphical format. This brochure may be helpful in conversations with state legislators or other decision makers.

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Truck Platooning Brochure_TThe purpose of this report is to provide an understanding of truck platooning and how this technology can be adopted across MAASTO freight corridors in a uniform manner. Coordinated regulations across state boundaries will better serve and meet the needs of the industry. The overall goal is to develop a Midwest Truck Platooning Regulatory Model that provides for harmonization of regulations governing truck platooning across the MAASTO region. This effort to “harmonize” is somewhat driven by the historic and current status of OSOW regulations across the country. Often there are state-by-state differences that hinder efficient movement of oversized loads. Placing mixed regulations across the region will decrease the efficiency and slow the adoption of truck platooning.

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