The Internet of Things (IoT) has taken the world by storm over the last decade. There has been a paradigm shift towards automation and adoption of control systems through the use of intelligent technology. This has been made possible due to affordable computing, which has allowed for flexible and efficient systems to be built, thus transforming lives.

Connected devices and smart computing have penetrated every industry from agriculture, logistics and hospitality to energy, healthcare and city planning. One interesting development in the logistics sector has been the increased use of IoT in connected vehicles to enable cruise control, also known as platooning or road-trains. This involves driving a group of vehicles along an automated highway system.

There are many benefits to truck or vehicle platooning, the most obvious being reduced congestion. It also allows for greater fuel economy due to reduced air resistance and increased road capacity, allowing roads to be better utilised. In addition, platooning claims to increase safety, due to its accurate longitudinal and lateral guidance. On longer trips, the vehicles could be mostly unattended while in following mode.

However, this system is not without its shortcomings. Some experiments have failed in traffic due to being hacked by remote computers, causing hazardous situations. In addition, once these automations are set up, drivers could be less reactive to their surroundings if hardware or software systems were to fail.

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