“Daisy” and “Lily” are 2020 Peterbilt 579s equipped with Pronto AI’s Co-pilot System. They are part of a pilot project called the Cooperative Truck Platooning System (CTPS), which is funded in part by the federal government through Transport Canada.
The trucks, operated by Bison Transport, currently have drivers training in the Rocky View, Alberta area. Trials will officially take place on Highway 2 between Calgary and Edmonton, and Highway 1 between Calgary and Banff. Driver-assist technology – provided by Pronto – will allow close-proximity following in platoon formation, reducing drag, and increasing fuel efficiency. Other sensors, radar and camera technology will end information between the trucks to ensure safe operations including, active braking and acceleration systems responding to any acceleration and deceleration by the lead vehicle.
The project includes ensuring platooning technology is tested for the safety of vehicle operators as well as the motoring public. The pilot will be unique in its study of human factor considerations and use during different seasons – including cold Alberta winters.