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Updated: 5/08/2014 9:56 pm

RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- A new driving communication system from California-based Peloton Technology is being tested 35 miles east of Reno.

American truckers can travel 135,000 miles in one year, and could soon caravan the trips in a whole new way.

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication between two semi-trucks allows them to platoon together, similar to drifting off a bicycle. "A human driver takes one to two seconds to apply the brakes in reaction to the truck in front of them," said Peloton CEO Joshua Switkes. "Our system can do it in about one-hundredth of a second."

The two trucks connect within about 40 feet of each other and simultaneously brake, accelerate and react to road hazards up to 800 feet away. The rear truck driver only needs to steer.

These prototypes have been tested in Utah, and are being tested on Nevada roads. "We have the real estate to assist these technologies," said Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki. "We just hope not only to be a part of the research and development but the manufacturing and the job creation that we believe will come with it in years to come."

The design also reduces truck fuel costs by up to 12-percent.

Nevada senator Don Gustavson is a former truck driver and took a ride in one of the prototypes this afternoon. "I think it’s just really great technology, it’s something that will help save lives in the near future, once this gets out on the market."

It takes engineers about one week to retrofit trucks with a GPS system, antennas and a radar detector. Peloton Technology hopes to speed up this process and get equipped trucks on the road by the end of next year.

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