Scania and Ahola Transport agree on semi-autonomous platooning

Scania announces a partnership agreement with Finnish company Ahola Transport to implement new transport technologies on Nordic roads. This marks the first customer agreement in Europe for semi-autonomous truck platooning on public roads. The partnership will also focus on developing other new transport technologies related to driver assistance.

Ahola Transport Oyj will utilise Scania trucks and technology on Finnish motorways to test semi-autonomous platooning formations with three or more connected trucks. During these tests, drivers will man all trucks. However, the driver in the first truck control the entire platoon and the following trucks are driven autonomously.

In order to deploy new transport technologies broadly, public acceptance and legislation need to be developed in parallel. Trials in actual traffic situations and varying weather conditions are therefore essential. This agreement represents a significant step towards commercially viable semi-autonomous platooning.

Hans Ahola, CEO of Ahola Transport adds, “For us it is important to enhance our drivers’ work situation with help of new technology. The planned solutions also help us to meet customer expectations for faster deliveries and environmental targets. Our association with Scania started with the first truck back in 1959 and we are pleased to extend cooperation to new solutions.”

In combination with platooning, new driver assistance functions will enable on-time delivery through optimised route planning and speeds for improved transport efficiency. In addition to the positive environmental effects of an improved traffic flow, the lower drag achieved through platooning reduces fuel consumption and thereby carbon emissions.

These new technologies also have the potential to enhance the role of the truck driver. Since the lead truck controls the platoon, drivers in following trucks can, for example, perform administrative tasks. With more flexible regulations for driving time and rest periods, this could open increased opportunities for long-haulage drivers to return home instead of sleeping in the truck.

“Ahola Transport is a progressive company that has embraced digitalisation to optimise its transport operations and route planning,” says Anders Dewoon, Director of New Business Solutions at Scania. “With partners such as Ahola Transport, we can together test new technologies that will form part of a future transport ecosystem and verify that it is both effective and safe.”

This marks Scania’s second customer agreement on truck platooning. Read more about the first project here: www.scania.com/group/en/scania-takes-lead-with-full-scale-autonomous-truck-platoon/

For further information, please contact:

Karin Hallstan, PR Manager, Scania, Phone:+46768428104, E-mail: karin.hallstan@scania.com

Watch the video about platooning here

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About Ahola Transport:
Oyj Ahola Transport Abp is a leading Nordic transport company. Publicly-listed on Nasdaq, we are a family-owned company that has provided transport services for more than 60 years. Ahola Transport offers dynamic international transport and logistics services in the Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe. We have long-term relationships with our customers, built through customer-specific services and long-term development of digital solutions. Ahola Transport´s fleet consists of more than 400 transport units. Our annual turnover is about Euro 100m and we employ approximately 700 people. The company´s head office is in Kokkola, Finland. For more information visit: www.aholatransport.com 

Scania is a world leading provider of transport solutions. Together with our partners and customers we are driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system. In 2016, we delivered 73,100 trucks, 8,300 buses as well as 7,800 industrial and marine engines to our customers. Net sales totalled nearly SEK 104 billion, of which about 20 percent were services-related. Founded in 1891, Scania now operates in more than 100 countries and employs some 46,000 people. Research and development are concentrated in Sweden, with branches in Brazil and India. Production takes place in Europe, Latin America and Asia, with regional production centres in Africa, Asia and Eurasia. Scania is part of Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH. For more information visit www.scania.com.

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Scania is a world-leading provider of transport solutions. Together with our partners and customers we are driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system. In 2017, we delivered 82,500 trucks, 8,300 buses as well as 8,500 industrial and marine engines to our customers. Net sales totalled nearly SEK 120 billion, of which about 20 percent were services-related. Founded in 1891, Scania now operates in more than 100 countries and employs some 49,300 people. Research and development are concentrated in Sweden, with branches in Brazil and India. Production takes place in Europe, Latin America and Asia, with regional production centres in Africa, Asia and Eurasia. Scania is part of Volkswagen Truck & Bus AG soon transforming into TRATON AG. For more information visit: www.scania.com.