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Russia says thousands fleeing Aleppo as Assad nears victory - CTV News


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Russia says thousands fleeing Aleppo as Assad nears victory
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BEIRUT - Russia says nearly 18,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo in the last 24 hours in a "constant stream" as Syrian government forces close in on the last pocket of opposition control in the northern city. Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen.
A requiem for AleppoAl-Arabiya
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Posted: December 10, 2016, 12:35 pm

Advocates call Alabama execution an 'avoidable disaster' - CP24 Toronto's Breaking News


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Advocates call Alabama execution an 'avoidable disaster'
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ATMORE, Ala. -- Defenders of a condemned inmate in Alabama are calling his execution an "avoidable disaster." For 13 minutes after he was sedated to avoid an unconstitutionally painful death, Ronald Bert Smith Jr. was seen coughing, gasping and moving.
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Witness: Condemned Alabama man coughed, heaved during executionCNN
After divided Supreme Court allows Alabama execution, inmate heaves and coughs during lethal injectionWashington Post
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Posted: December 10, 2016, 12:13 pm

Impeachment of South Korean leader offers fodder for Pyongyang - CP24 Toronto's Breaking News


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Impeachment of South Korean leader offers fodder for Pyongyang
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PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of -- North Korea, after following the travails of South Korean President Park Geun-hye with unconcealed joy, got off to a slow start Saturday in reacting to her actual impeachment. Pyongyang residents ...
S. Koreans celebrate Park impeachment, but anxiety alsoDaily Mail
After weeks of protests, crowds celebrate Park's impeachmentSouth China Morning Post
Who's Next? A Look at South Korean Presidential ContendersNew York Times
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Posted: December 10, 2016, 12:08 pm

5 killed in Bulgarian explosion following train derailment - CBC.ca


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5 killed in Bulgarian explosion following train derailment
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Five people were killed in northeastern Bulgaria following a gas explosion on a derailed tanker train early Saturday, national radio reported. Officials said at least 23 people were injured, many with severe burns. Nikolay Nikolov, who heads the ...
Bulgarian freight train derails and explodes, killing fiveBBC News
Residents evacuated and at least four killed as propane-butane train derails and explodesIrish Independent
Train explodes and kills five, destroys 20 buildings in BulgariaThe Sydney Morning Herald
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Posted: December 10, 2016, 11:54 am

Cleanup underway after Indonesia quake - Reuters


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Cleanup underway after Indonesia quake
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Residents hit by the deadly earthquake in Indonsia's Aceh province begin clearing away the debris. Paul Chapman reports. TRANSCRIPT +. People in the Aceh province of Indonesia were clearing up the debris on Saturday after a deadly earthquake which ...
45000 left homeless after Indonesia quakeYahoo Sports
Aceh counts quake cost after Indonesian Government pledges more aidNZCity

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Posted: December 10, 2016, 7:39 am

Glenn remained a big part of his childhood hometown - USA TODAY


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Glenn remained a big part of his childhood hometown
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NEWARK, Ohio — New Concord was the center of his universe, and he their shining star. When John Glenn set a record in 1958 for a supersonic flight between California and New York, he made sure to navigate the flight path near New Concord, where a ...
Late John Glenn will lie in state in Ohio capitolToronto Star
Students, staff at Ohio State reflect on John Glenn's dedication to serviceColumbus Dispatch
Former astronaut, US senator John Glenn dead at 95CBC.ca
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Posted: December 10, 2016, 4:54 am

Trump gives key post to Aussie

YOU may not have heard the name Andrew N. Liveris before, but chances are you’ll be hearing quite a lot more about him now.
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Posted: December 10, 2016, 1:58 am

Contiki bus full of tourists falls off cliff

A CONTIKI tour bus bound for Indonesia’s Gili Islands has plunged off a cliff while packed with tourists, leaving at least one person dead and more injured.
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Posted: December 10, 2016, 1:41 am

Obamas break tradition with Xmas card

THE Obamas have sent out their final White House Christmas card ... and have broken with tradition by using this image.
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Posted: December 10, 2016, 1:38 am

Gambia President concedes defeat, oh wait!

AFRICAN nation in outrage after President Yahya Jammeh graciously conceded defeat in a national election, but surprised everyone a week later.
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Posted: December 10, 2016, 1:33 am

Anti-Islam MP guilty of discrimination

ANTI-ISLAM politician Geert Wilders has been found guilty of inciting discrimination, a conviction he slammed as a “shameful” attack on free speech.
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Posted: December 10, 2016, 1:27 am

Teacher calls Trump’s election ‘terrorism’

A PROFESSOR has been filmed calling Donald Trump’s election an “act of terrorism”. The student who leaked the video has been threatened.
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Posted: December 10, 2016, 1:07 am

Zookeeper’s near miss with lion

A ZOOKEEPER giving a demonstration about not showing fear has screamed for his life after a lion broke through a fence and charged him.
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Posted: December 10, 2016, 12:11 am

Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI - CBC.ca


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Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI
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Dylann Roof wanted the world to know he hated black people and thought they were criminals. He thought about attacking drug dealers, but they might shoot back. So, he told the FBI, he picked a historic black church in Charleston, N.C., he had learned ...
'Well, I killed them, I guess': Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confessionChicago Tribune
Jurors Hear Dylann Roof Explain Shooting in Video: 'I Had to Do It'New York Times
Jury in church massacre trial watches Dylann Roof's confession: 'We all know I'm guilty'Los Angeles Times
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 11:29 pm

Giuliani won't be in cabinet as Trump makes campaign-style stops

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Appearing jovial and relaxed, Donald Trump plunged back into election politics Friday, a full month after he won the presidency, enthusiastically prodding Louisiana Republicans to turn out for Saturday's Senate runoff election and protect the party's 52-48 margin in Washington.

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Posted: December 9, 2016, 11:04 pm

Mass killer chuckled during confession

DYLANN Roof wanted the world to know he hated black people and thought they were criminals. But he surprised himself with the scale of his church massacre.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 10:30 pm

Trump's ties to 'Celebrity Apprentice' raises conflict issues for NBC - CTV News


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Trump's ties to 'Celebrity Apprentice' raises conflict issues for NBC
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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump's continued stake in television's "Celebrity Apprentice" adds to questions about potential conflicts between his personal and public responsibilities, while raising new ones about NBC. If it continues, journalists at NBC News ...
Donald Trump denies he will work on The Apprentice while presidentBBC News
Schwarzenegger: OK Trump is still 'Apprentice' producerTheChronicleHerald.ca
Arnold Schwarzenegger defends Donald Trump The New Celebrity Apprentice decisionNEWS.com.au
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 10:26 pm

‘Power to change everything’

THEY could reverse cancer, eliminate obesity and alter genes forever. What you need to know about the group changing “everything”.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 9:33 pm

'People just panicked': 6.9 magnitude quake destroys homes on Solomon Islands

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Hundreds of people in remote parts of the Solomon Islands have had their homes damaged or destroyed by a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck Friday, an aid organization said.

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Posted: December 9, 2016, 8:59 pm

Pizzagate shooting a ‘false flag’

CONSPIRACY theorists who believe Hillary Clinton is running a child sex ring out of a pizza shop think a shooting there last week was a staged event.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 8:39 pm

Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI

Charleston Church Shooting

Dylann Roof wanted the world to know he hated black people and thought they were criminals. He thought about attacking drug dealers, but they might shoot back. So, he told the FBI, he picked a historic black church in Charleston, N.C., he had learned about online.

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Posted: December 9, 2016, 6:35 pm

Ukraine Kobolev: Naftogaz, Gazprom fail to reach consensus on additional agreement to gas contract - Kyiv Post


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Ukraine Kobolev: Naftogaz, Gazprom fail to reach consensus on additional agreement to gas contract
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Ukraine's oil and gas company Naftogaz Chief Executive Officer Andriy Kobolyev, speaks during an interview, at the Economy Ministry, in Paris, on October 28, 2016. Photo by AFP. Popular on social media. Onyshchenko releases first recording on ...

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Posted: December 9, 2016, 6:03 pm

Obama orders 'deep dive review' of 'malicious' election campaign hacking

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U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence officials to conduct a broad review on the election-season hacking that rattled the presidential campaign and raised new concerns about foreign meddling in U.S. elections.

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Posted: December 9, 2016, 5:38 pm

British police: 83 potential suspects in soccer abuse probe

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Police overseeing the sex abuse scandal in British soccer say 83 potential suspects have been identified and linked to 98 clubs.

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Posted: December 9, 2016, 5:23 pm

Zika outbreak: Florida lifts infection zone in Miami Beach

Zika Florida

All areas in Florida cleared of active Zika transmission, governor declares

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Posted: December 9, 2016, 4:24 pm

Blasts kill 30 in northeast Nigeria; Boko Haram blamed

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​Two women suicide bombers blow themselves up at a bustling market in northeast Nigeria, killing at least 30 people and wounding 67.

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Posted: December 9, 2016, 4:11 pm

Clemency bid for Canadian on death row in Montana awaits action from governor

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Montana's governor is being asked to act on a petition to spare the life of a Canadian who's been on death row in the United States for over three decades.

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Posted: December 9, 2016, 3:21 pm

Powerful quake kills at least 97

At least 25 people were killed in an earthquake that struck Indonesia's Aceh province Wednesday morning according to the head of the Aceh Red Cross.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 2:50 pm

Over 1,000 Russian athletes benefited from 'state-sponsored doping'

More than 1,000 Russian athletes across 30 sports -- including football -- benefited from state-sponsored doping, according to the latest findings of a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 2:49 pm

Voices from Mosul: 'Hope is Fading'

When Iraqi troops launched the offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS in late October, many families in the city were hopeful. After two years living under the militant group's draconian rule, they believed they would be freed in a matter of days.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 2:31 pm

Trump picks fast-food CEO as labour secretary

Carls Jr Hardees CEO Q and A

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump names fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the Department of Labor, drawing criticism from labour advocates worried about his opposition to a higher minimum wage and government regulation.

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Posted: December 9, 2016, 2:13 pm

U.S. regulators mull allowing in-flight phone calls via plane's Wi-Fi

Cellphones On Planes

Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators.

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Posted: December 9, 2016, 1:30 pm

South Korea's parliament votes to impeach President Park

Lawmakers in South Korea's National Assembly voted overwhelmingly Friday to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal. The vote was 234-56, with six abstentions.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 1:27 pm

Aleppo: UN fears for 100,000 trapped civilians, missing men

Hundreds of men are allegedly missing after crossing from rebel-held eastern Aleppo to the government-controlled west, the United Nations said Friday, as it voiced deep concern for the fate of some 100,000 civilians still trapped in the east.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 1:04 pm

Hundreds reportedly missing after fleeing Aleppo

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Nearly two weeks into a crushing blitz, Syrian forces and their allies have taken control of nearly all of what was once an opposition stronghold in eastern Aleppo, touching off a new wave of evacuations Friday and raising concerns about hundreds of men who have disappeared and are feared to have been seized by the government.

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Posted: December 9, 2016, 12:55 pm

Dutch court finds Geert Wilders guilty of hate speech

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A Dutch court convicts populist anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders of hate speech, at the end of a trial he branded a politically motivated "charade" that endangered freedom of speech.

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Posted: December 9, 2016, 11:32 am

India's cash crisis a 'mammoth tragedy'

India's decision to ban most of its cash is a disaster that has shattered people's trust in the government.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 10:53 am

Donald Trump's choice of generals for top posts 'extremely unusual'

Trump's generals - Kelly, Flynn, Mattis

The procession of former military officers nominated for top jobs in Donald Trump’s administration is raising concerns over whether the appointments could defy an American constitutional tenet: civilian oversight of government.

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Posted: December 9, 2016, 10:00 am

Americans getting better deal than Canadians on rebate for Samsung washers

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A Samsung customer says Canadians are getting a raw deal compared to Americans when it comes to a rebate offered by Samsung on its recalled top-loading washing machines.

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Posted: December 9, 2016, 10:00 am

Hong Kong leader CY Leung not to seek re-election

Hong Kong leader CY Leung says he will not seek re-election, citing "stress" on his family.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 9:23 am

Boris Johnson tours Middle East amid Saudi row

Boris Johnson begins a tour of the Middle East amid a row over comments he made about Saudi Arabia.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 8:26 am

Park Geun-hye: S Korea lawmakers vote to impeach leader

South Korea's parliament votes to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 7:57 am

South Korea president Park Geun-hye is impeached

Park Geun-Hye

South Korean lawmakers on Friday voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country's first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury.

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Posted: December 9, 2016, 7:48 am

The opulent homes of Britain's aristocrats

"Great Houses: Modern Aristocrats" gives readers a look inside Britain's stately mansions and the often remarkable stories of the families who own them.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 7:25 am

Islamic State 'has lost 50,000 fighters' over two years

At least 50,000 IS militants have been killed over the past two years, a top US military official says.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 6:33 am

US actor Judge Reinhold arrested in Dallas

US actor Judge Reinhold is arrested after a confrontation with security officials at Dallas airport.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 4:35 am

Hillary Clinton warns of 'fake news epidemic'

Losing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says the spread of "fake news" threatens the US.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 4:28 am

Survivors of Haiti's rape crisis

Gisele stands behind a tall plant with vibrant pink flowers. Her face is hidden, her hands are raised toward the sky. Marie sits in a riverbed while her white dress floats in the water. You can see the goosebumps on her skin. Viviane lies in a patch of sun with a journal resting on her face.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 3:01 am

Australia's richest woman Gina Rinehart to buy Kidman estate

Australia approves the sale of its largest private landholding, the Kidman estate, to Gina Rinehart.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 2:51 am

Hollywood legend

A selection of images from the life and career of US actor Kirk Douglas, who celebrates his 100th birthday on 9 December.
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Posted: December 9, 2016, 1:55 am

Driver-less trucks will be trialed in the UK as platooning

Driver-less trucks will be trialed in the UK as platooning

Driver-less trucks will be trialed in the UK as platooning

The government is expected to confirm that so called, ‘driverless’ trucks will be trialed in the UK.  Generally met with shock and condemnation, what is actually being proposed?

The correct term for the proposed system to be trialled is not ‘driverless trucks’, but ‘platooning’. This is where a series of vehicles use technology to enable drivers to move more closely to each other in convoy than would be safe if he or she were not using them. The UK government has agreed to a limited trial of platooning on a stretch of the M6 in Cumbria, a portion of UK motorway that is relatively quiet with larger sections between junctions.

There is clearly plenty of concern from road safety campaigners and industry bodies concerned for the long term future of lorry driver jobs.

The RAC’s chief engineer, David Bizley said, “One of the main questions is really whether lorry platoons are appropriate for our motorway network, which is why the choice of the M6 in Cumbria for the trials is a good one because the junctions are few and far between and the traffic density is low compared with most stretches of motorway. So while this is a potentially welcome extension to the driverless technology we are seeing trialled in cars, it’s not clear yet whether it is something that would work in practice on the UK’s motorway network.”

Platooning

Platooning is nothing new – research into these systems started back in 2009 with EU funding – with the SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) project. The project tested combinations of cars, coaches and trucks and resulted in some significant fuel savings across the board between ten and twenty percent.

The first public road test took place back in 2012 in Spain involving three cars and a truck with a gap of 18 feet between each vehicle at a speed of 85 km/h, covering some 200 kilometres.

Since this time, platooning has been trialled in Sweden, Germany and in the United States. Road Haulage Association chief executive Richard Burnett commented: “At the outset, it is important to note that these trucks will not be ‘driverless’. Each cab will be manned. As far as we are concerned, this is an issue where the devil lies in the detail.”

Fuel Saving not Driver Saving

There has been plenty of scaremongering in the press that this will be the end of the long-distance lorry driver as we know it.   The platooning system very much needs the driver to be in control, he needs to be able to join and exit the system to continue the journey and deliver the load.  Platooning saves Fuel

The most likely outcome of the test is a significant improvement in fuel consumption or not only vehicles following in the platoon, but also of the lead vehicle.  Additionally, traffic flow should be smoother when sufficient numbers of vehicles are included.

Tests by Scania have shown that convoy driving using truck “platoons” can reduce fuel consumption by up to 12%.  This could mean a fuel saving per vehicle of some 4,000 litres annually.  This would be able to power a typical family car some 35,000 miles.

“On the test track we’ve driven with a distance of about 10 metres between the vehicles, and we were able to achieve a 12% fuel saving for the trailing vehicle,” says Magnus Adolfson, Scania’s Manager for Intelligent Transport Systems. “If you want to get as close as a couple of metres, then you need several automatic systems that also take control of the steering from the driver during the time that the vehicle is in the truck platoon. That’s also something we’re focusing our research on.”

How Does it Work?

The platooning system uses a combination of existing technologies that have been tweaked to make the system as safe and effective as possible.

Sophisticated Cruise Control

Effectively, the system uses an improved ‘advanced adaptive cruise control’ (ACC), a system that we have enjoyed using on cars for many years now.  Rather than setting a desired speed, the driver selects a desired distance from the vehicle in front which is maintained through the use of radar and cameras.

Driver Aids – Autonomous Braking

Legislation that came into force as recently as November 2015 compels all new trucks over 8 tonnes GVW to be fitted with ‘Autonomous Emergency Braking’ systems – AEB for short.  This means that the driver is taken out of the equation if an accident is likely.

These systems have been fitted to trucks (as an option) for a number of years.  They have clearly proven themselves so effective in stopping the vehicle that they have made their way into legislation.

So we have been able to automatically keep our distance from the moving truck in front and automatically come to an emergency stop for some years.  So what’s new?

Steering by Wire

Volvo Truck (well) controlled by a small hamster

Truck steering systems have become more sophisticated with steering columns becoming a thing of the past with ‘drive by wire’ control. These systems have been wonderfully demonstrated by Volvo Trucks in a series of YouTube videos – one involving a hamster steering a truck by running around a wheel attached to the steering wheel and the second showing a small girl controlling a 32 tonne truck using a remote controller.

Volvo (badly) controlled remotely by 4-year old

Technology that steers trucks using electrical inputs is therefore mainstream and used on our roads every day.

Making it Work

Even if platooning can be made to work technically – safely and reliably – it is of no use unless a system is developed to ‘book a vehicle’ into the convoy.  Simply stumbling across a platoon and tagging along cannot be an option. RHA’s Richard Burnett agrees, “In addition to the concerns of the motorist, is platooning practical for the haulier? Does it make operational sense?” The truck makers are already looking at this. To develop a system to coordinate platoons, Sweden’s Scania is focusing on its COMPANION joint research project with KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The next stage of development involves coordinating truck convoys, thereby making the whole logistics system more efficient. Scania’s researchers are designing a system that allows transport managers to input the routes their vehicles will take, with the system then finding joint routes with other operators who can ‘platoon up’.

An additional issue is related to the length of these platoons and how it might affect other road users.  The maximum length of a tractor unit and trailer combination is currently 16.5 metres in the UK.  Add an extra ten metre gap between a platoon of ten vehicles and you get something that is more than a quarter of a kilometre long.  Would the average UK motorist be able to contend with this moving obstruction when turning off a motorway junction? We have all seen most drivers leaving it to the last minute to turn off after accelerating past slower traffic.  This may therefore lead to platooning in the centre lane or lane three.  Not a popular alternative with car drivers.

UK Leading The Way?

The Department for Transport claims that it would like the UK to ‘lead the way’ in testing platoons.  It is difficult to see this happening when all the manufacturers are based in Sweden, (Volvo, Scania), Germany, (Daimler, MAN), Italy, (Iveco) and France (Renault). However, eight new projects have recently been awarded £20 million in funding from the UK Government to research and develop enhanced communication between vehicles and roadside infrastructure or urban information systems, including new ‘talking car technologies’. Some of this has been awarded to a consortium looking at tyre pressures and safety concerns – an area ignored in the projects to date.

Is the UK a suitable test bed? Our road network is amongst the world’s most congested with the greatest number of junctions.  It is more likely that the UK would be used in the final instance as a ‘stress test’ rather than involved in the fundamental testing process.  It is unlikely that the R&D departments will be upping sticks from Sweden and Germany to spend time in Cumbria.

 

The UK has the reputation in Europe for being ‘Tail-End Charlie’ in accepting and promoting environmental improvements in commercial vehicle technology.  Germany and others were offering significant financial incentives for truck operators to become early adopters of Euro 6 technologies (and the emissions standards that came before them), whilst the UK government offered a few hundred pounds incentive to invest in new technology, the cost of which ran into the tens of thousands.

Consider also, the levels of support from the relevant governments.  Historically, the UK government has been less than supportive of the UK road haulage industry and we see no reason why this approach should suddenly change.  The level of support from the Netherlands is already far greater than the UK – they have also authorised the testing of platooning on their roads and are actively promoting the system with impressive glossy brochures.

During its Presidency of the European Union in 2016, the Netherlands will put together a European Truck Platooning Challenge. This will involve various brands of automated trucks driving in platoons. The Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Mrs. drs. M.H. Schultz van Haegen said, “The Netherlands now offers an international testing ground for innovative mobility. Applications for cars and trucks will be warmly welcomed.”

Time will tell if the UK truly gets behind this initiative or is simply paying lip service to a high-tech scheme that is bound to grab headlines.

What Next?

Daimler already have a truck that can actually drive itself.  Sven Ennerst, Head of Truck Product Engineering at Daimler is the man behind the Future Truck 2025 Mercedes-Benz program which takes platooning one step further.

 

In May last year, their Highway Pilot autonomous truck control system won approval for trials on public highways in a (Daimler) Freightliner truck in the US state of Nevada. Then in October 2015, the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg approved trials of Mercedes-Benz trucks with the Highway Pilot system on its autobahns.

Ennerst says, “We expect a change in the organisation of the freight forwarding industry. The driver will take over many of the traffic planner’s functions. He will become more of a transport manager than a driver, from our point of view.” “One thing is for sure – the Highway Pilot system is steering the vehicle by itself. It builds a picture around the truck, looking up to 250 metres ahead, so basically it can react and drive by itself.”

Ennerst is equally concerned about the fuel efficiency of the trucks, “We are fighting like hell for every tenth of one per cent in truck efficiency gains at present,” he says. “We expect a fuel economy improvement of up to five per cent with trucks like this, as a result of less acceleration and braking and less waiting in traffic.”

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