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Freight Platooning System, 2017

This is a Freight Platooning System. It was designed by Peloton Technology. It is dated 2017. Its medium is electronic controller, display, camera, speaker: plastic, aluminum, steel, silicon, copper, gold, rubber, glass; digital print. It is a part of the department.

Trucks transport more than 80% of all cargo in the United States. To improve efficiency and sustainability, Peloton Technology’s freight system allows a pair of heavy trucks to travel together in a connected, semi-autonomous platoon. Through vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, the second truck automatically brakes and accelerates to follow the leading truck at a safe distance of 40–60 feet, improving aerodynamics, fuel economy, and safety. Sensors detect when other vehicles cut in, creating greater space between all vehicles until it is safe to platoon again.

It is credited Courtesy of Peloton Technology.

  • City Scanner, 2018
  • acrylic, plastic, electronics.
  • Courtesy of MIT Senseable City Lab and Cisco Systems.
  • MOBILITY.036

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility.

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