Gallery: Volvo’s SARTRE Fully Automated Road Train Travels 124 Miles Th...

 

The future of fully automated driving just got a whole lot closer as Volvo successfully led a road train — consisting of a Volvo XC60, a Volvo V60, and a Volvo S60, and one truck — for 124 miles through Spain. The event was part of Volvo’s SARTRE road train project (Safe Road Trains for the Environment), in which cars were outfitted with cameras, radars, and laser sensors to monitor the lead vehicle and other vehicles in their immediate vicinity. The Volvos also used a Ricardo autonomous control to mimic the lead vehicle. The wireless communication system allowed the vehicles to accelerate, brake, and make turns the same way as the leader. Throughout the test the vehicles were about 20 feet apart.

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