Always dreamed of reading your newspaper on the highway?
Volvo has just announced the first tests in real conditions of the project SARTRE, an European initiative that I presented you few weeks ago.
The principle is the platooning, a convoy of autonomous vehicles. The convoy is lead by a professional driver especially trained, behind him, the other vehicles take place. Each vehicle measures the distance, the speed and adjusts according to the car in front. At any time a vehicle can leave the convoy.
What are the advantages?
- Road safety.
- Reduction of CO2 emissions thanks to a stabilized speed and to the drafting phenomenon.
- Freedom of the driver who can read its newspaper, take a break or a coffee
- More regular speed = less traffic jam
The technology is quite operational and could be on our road in just a few years.
The major issue is not the technology itself but rather its application through Europe and an agreement with a harmonization for 25 European governments …
And the public acceptance because, driving (even at 90kph) without looking at the road and only relying on its car should not be so easy …