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Giant truck 'platoons' head for Australia's main roads

Convoys controlled by one driver will be more efficient, but will cost jobs

European trucks from left, Volvo, Scania, MAN, Iveco, Mercedes-Benz and DAF, all started platooning trials in 2016. (Photo courtesy EU Truck Platooning)

SYDNEY -- At some point in the next decade, driverless trucks in Australia will make the jump from mine sites to main roads. When that happens, transport experts predict big gains for road safety and freight economics, but disruption for some of the nation's 190,000 truck drivers.

For other road users, driverless trucks will usher in the era of "platooning" -- what used to be called convoys -- and the prospect of driving down a highway alongside four trucks nose-to-tail, with just the barest of gaps between them.

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