Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Volvo’s “Road Train” Runs 125 Miles Without Problems

Have you ever been driving behind some random stranger and just wished that person could take control of your car while you read a book? Me neither, but Europe is apparently full of people who are interested in doing just that. The EU's Project SARTRE has pioneered the concept of "road trains" in public trials for about half a year now. Their latest test was the most ambitious yet — and it was apparently a complete succcess.

The Register reports that a Ricardo UK/Volvo SARTRE road train successfully negotiated a 125-mile course at speeds up to 50 miles per hour, encountering varying road conditions, grades, and crosswinds.

This video explains the tech behind it:

Click here to view the embedded video.

and more information can be found on the SARTRE homepage. Somewhat ironically, it could be argued that the technology would be far more appropriate for the United States, with its long freeway commutes, than for any European country. If the day ever comes to pass when SARTRE is a reality, look for a white 993 with the friendly bumper sticker: "Let Your Wife Join My Train".

from The Truth About Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com

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