Vehicle Platooning for Safety and Efficiency Act
Section 1. (Legislative Declarations)
Subdivision 1. A vehicle platooning system electronically coordinates the speed between a lead vehicle and one or more follow vehicles, enabling them to travel safely in a unified manner at a close following distance. A vehicle platooning system relies on a connected automated braking system, which allows a following vehicle to synchronize braking with a lead vehicle through direct vehicle-to-vehicle communication.
Subdivision 2. A vehicle platooning system can improve the safety of public roads by using best-in-class automated braking systems, sensors, and software, which can operate at all times to help avoid crashes.
Subdivision 3. A vehicle platooning system can improve the economic competitiveness of trucking fleets by enhancing vehicle fuel efficiency. Freight trucks transport the critical goods that Americans sell, purchase, and rely on every day, and fuel often represents the largest single trucking fleet operating cost. Platooning systems can lower that cost by reducing aerodynamic drag for both lead and following vehicles when they travel safely at close following distances, thereby improving fuel efficiency.
Section 2. (Definitions)
Subdivision 1. Connected Automated Braking System. Connected Automated Braking System means a system by which the braking of a lead vehicle is electronically coordinated with the braking of one or more following vehicles through vehicle-to-vehicle communication.
Section 3. (Exemption)
[Insert all state following distance code sections] shall not apply to the operator of a following vehicle using a Connected Automated Braking System.