Platooning for Improved Safety and Efficiency of Semi-trucks [PISES]

The transformation of the trucking segment of the transportation fleet is imminent and the opportunity for several new innovative strategies to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of future semi-truck powertrains is promising. One potential approach for energy efficiency enhancement of semi-trucks has been identified to be platooning, where the drag losses are minimized through improved aerodynamics. The proposed project, under the thrust area of Novel Transportation technologies, focuses on developing the next-generation of planning, control, and monitoring of platooning for both electric and diesel semi-trucks. The overarching goal of this project is to understand the potential effects of platooning on lowering the energy requirements of electrified vehicles and to understand the trade-offs between safety and energy consumption. This project leverages an ongoing collaboration with Peloton Technologies to enable a platform for real-world deployment as well as datasets on actual energy consumption to improve the fidelity of models. The effects of platooning will be explored based on already existing experimental datasets supplemented by computational fluid dynamics-based models using the PIs high-performance computational infrastructure.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $90000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Mobility 21 National UTC for Mobility of Goods and People

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Program
  • Managing Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Mobility 21 National UTC for Mobility of Goods and People
  • Project Managers:

    Schweyer, Lisa Kay

  • Performing Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon University

  • Principal Investigators:

    Viswanathan, Venkat

  • Start Date: 20180701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20191231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20200319
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01677511
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National University Transportation Center for Improving Mobility (Mobility21)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747111
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2018 12:04PM