The Horizon 2020 ENSEMBLE project is paving the way to enable the first generation multi-brand truck platooning with the involvement of all European truck brands by 2022. The aim of platooning is to increase road traffic safety, as well as efficiency, by introducing ad hoc wireless communication between vehicles and smart road infrastructure. Platooning holds significant potential for making road freight transport safer and cleaner. Moreover, it represents a key step towards higher levels of automation, attractive for both hauliers and consumers. Industry has invested heavily over the last few years and is now at the stage of generating an early return on investment. ENSEMBLE has chosen ITS-G5 using the 5.9 GHz frequency band as the technology of choice for efficient truck platooning.
Benefits of platooning include synchronised acceleration changes between vehicles, a reduced carbon footprint due to the effects of the slipstream and importantly, safer and more efficient goods transport on European roads. The technology selected by the ENSEMBLE project for short-range wireless communication between platooning vehicles and other road traffic participants is ITS-G5 (based on IEEE 802.11p) using the 5.9 GHz band. ITS-G5 was selected due to its maturity and the fact that it has been tailor-made for instant communication. ITS-G5 offers cyber secure connectivity for the convoy and in digital road infrastructure, traffic management and is essential for the journey to full C-ITS services. It is of uttermost importance that ITS-G5 have access to the whole frequency band at 5.9 GHz to secure the future for platooning and all other safety applications.