The SARTRE project recently carried out the first demonstration of its ‘platoon’ technology, which could be a new form of motorway travel according to Volvo Group.
Vehicle platooning, as envisaged by the SARTRE project, involves a professional driver leading a convoy of vehicles. Each car in the convoy has technology that measures the distance, speed and direction – and adjusts to the position – of the car in front.
All vehicles are totally detached and can leave the procession at any time. But once in the platoon, drivers can relax and do other things while the platoon proceeds towards its long haul destination.
SARTRE aims to develop strategies and technologies to allow vehicle platoons to operate on normal public highways with significant environmental, safety and comfort benefits.
The demonstration, at the Volvo Proving Ground in Sweden, was the first time the system has been tried outside of a simulator.
Erik Nordin at Volvo Technology, said: “A professional, well-trained driver leading the road train is an important factor to secure safety in the project.”
The technology required for the system is under development and could be ready to go into production in a few years time. Public acceptance and legislation in 25 EU countries could take significantly longer.
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