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Volvo: Successful journey for Volvo's truck convoy through Europe

The Volvo Group's journey through Europe and participation in the EU
Truck Platooning Challenge was a great success, with very positive
reactions from decision-makers, politicians and the general public.
Three Volvo trucks drove closely behind one another using wireless
communication, in a platoon, from Gothenburg to Rotterdam.

"It has been fantastic to see people's reactions. In Denmark, families
were sitting with picnics along the side of the road to see us drive
by," says Anders Kellström, Project Manager for the Volvo Group's
participation in the EU Truck Platooning Challenge. "We drove in a
convoy for over 1,500 km on public roads and gained a lot of great
experience, not just about the technology but also about traffic
environment. Everything went totally according to plan, which is a
great feeling."

The purpose of the journey was to discuss and highlight the changes
required in European transportation legislation that would facilitate
the introduction of platooning. It is currently not possible to
utilize the advantages of platooning on Europe's roads, since
legislation in the various countries governing the driving distance
between trucks differs.

"We have now created a unique collaboration in terms of future
transport solutions that goes beyond both national and organizational
boundaries," explains Andreas Svenungsson, Head of Public Affairs at
the Volvo Group. "We note that there are varying interpretations of
laws and provisions in different countries with regard to
self-driving vehicles, but we feel that the tangible collaboration we
have now commenced is an important step toward increased
harmonization and more efficient transportation."

Platooning involves trucks driving closely behind each other while
communicating wirelessly. The vehicles' fuel economy is improved as a
result of the reduction in drag. Drag accounts for up to 25% of a
truck's total fuel consumption, and the closer the trucks drive to
each other, the greater the fuel-saving potential. By communicating
with each other wirelessly, the trucks automatically match each
other's speed and braking. This means that, in principle, reaction
times is reduced to zero when braking. This in turns leads to
improved safety and a reduced "accordion effect" linked to traffic

April 8, 2016

Journalists who would like additional information, please contact Kina
Wileke on +46 (0)31 323 7229 or +46 (0)765 537229.

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The Volvo Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks,
buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The
Volvo Group also provides complete solutions for financing and
service. Volvo, which employs about 100,000 people, has production
facilities in 18 countries and sells its products in more than 190
markets. In 2015, the Volvo Group's sales amounted to about SEK 313
billion (EUR 33.4 billion) and its shares are listed on Nasdaq
Stockholm. For more information, visit or for those using a mobile phone.


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