Platooning – Future of Munich City Buses

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
In platooning, vehicles are connected to each other via an
In platooning, vehicles are connected to each other via an “electronic tow bar”, and the platoon can thus be easily split and reconnected. (Graphics created with CarMaker by IPG)

Autonomous electric buses could make short-range transit safer and more efficient. The problem: articulated buses or those with passenger trailers require too much energy and are not flexible enough to accommodate the highly fluctuating passenger numbers. The solution: platooning where several vehicles follow each other at short distances, the vehicles being controlled electronically. These platoons can be adapted as required to meet specific traffic needs. Researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are working on a city bus platoon for Munich.

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