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Volvo Concludes Participation In Autonomous Road Train Project

Volvo Concludes Participation In Autonomous Road Train Project

Volvo successfully concluded its participation in the SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) project, involving seven European partners.

The SARTRE project aims to make it possible to implement automated driving on conventional freeways such that drivers can enjoy the freedom to do other things whilst commuting.

According to Erik Coelingh, technical Specialist at Volvo Car Corporation, “The road train is the best of two worlds. You can enjoy all the multi-tasking possibilities of public transportation behind the wheel of your own car. It’s the perfect complement to the true pleasure of driving a Volvo yourself.”

Over the past number of years large strides have been made with regards to autonomous vehicle technology. Such that almost all the technology needed to implement such systems is already available in a number of modern vehicles. These systems include and are not limited to vehicle cameras, radar system and laser technology systems, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot monitoring Systems, and Park Assist Systems.

Readers may well be familiar with other projects such as the Google Self-Driving Car which earlier this year received approval for use on Public roads in California, as well as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge aimed at promoting driverless vehicles.

Parallel with the benefit of having time to do other things while the car drive itself, the other motivating factor for autonomous vehicles has been to promote safer driving, reduced fuel consumption, and reduction in traffic congestion.

 The SARTRE road train project includes a manually driven lead truck, which is followed by one truck and three Volvo cars (S60, V60 and XC60).

All the following vehicles are driven autonomously at speeds of up to 90 km/h – in some cases with no more than a four-metre gap between the vehicles – thanks to a blend of present and new technology.

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