Locomation Uses Automated Platoon for Food Bank Deliveries

Locomation recently tested its automated platooning technology in a project with government and turnpike officials to make a delivery run from Pennsylvania to Michigan.

On Oct. 22, Locomation made a delivery run from Pittsburgh, Pennsylania, through Ohio via the Ohio Turnpike to Detroit, Michigan. Travelling more than 280 miles, the company made a delivery of groceries from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank to the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Foodbank and the Forgotten Harvest Food Bank in Detroit to help provide needed supplies for those put out of work by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout.

Truck platooning is the linking of two or more trucks in convoy using connectivity technology and automated driving support systems. These vehicles automatically maintain a set, close distance between each other when they are connected.