Major truck manufacturers have already confirmed that platooning is technologically feasible. Currently, the legal ‘safe distance’ between vehicles is based on human reaction time. But it won't be long before regulations accommodate this new technology.
However, the great platooning revolution seems to be stuck at the starting blocks. This may be due to the challenge of creating interfaces for suppliers across different platforms. Or it could be a question of potential profits. Perhaps a 10% fuel saving is not enough to justify startup investment.
Once again, the image of the Belgian tourniquet comes to mind. This cycling tactic distributes the wind across the group. When a breakaway team merges into a gap in the main field of riders, one thing becomes clear: if you want to win the race, you have to jockey for position. Breaking away from the mainstream is a matter of timing, teamwork, and strategy. It's a question of where you want to position yourself – at the forefront, or in the midfield?