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Japan’s driverless trucks to cut fuel consumption

By Mark Halper | March 4, 2013, 4:38 AM PST

Self-driving cars? Child’s play!

Japan has tested a small fleet of driverless trucks, Phys.org reports. The idea is that if you keep a convoy running at a constant speed in a perfectly straight line at exactly the same distance apart, then you create a slipstream that reduces drag and adds significant fuel efficiency.

That’s what the country’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) did recently.

It ran three unmanned trucks at 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph) behind one truck piloted by a human. Each vehicle remained 4 meters (13 feet) from the next one.

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