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PennDOT recently released a video documenting its participation in an automated truck platooning demonstration across three states in October 2020 as part of the Smart Belt Coalition.

DriveOhio – an initiative of the Ohio Department of Transportation – along with PennDOT and the Michigan Department of Transportation, are just some of the key agencies working within the Smart Belt Coalition that helped truck technology firm Locomation conduct that 280-mile truck-platoon delivery run from Pittsburgh through Ohio to Detroit.

Truck platooning is the linking of two or more trucks in convoy using connectivity technology and automated driving support systems. The vehicles automatically maintain a set – yet very close – distance between each other when connected electronically in order to boost fuel economy.

Locomation’s truck platooning demonstration made a delivery of groceries from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Foodbank and then to the Forgotten Harvest Food Bank in Detroit as part of COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts.

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