The idea of letting your car drive itself has been around since the Jetsons. Now the European Union is testing out this concept in the form of a Road Train.
With the idea of cutting down on fuel consumption, over the next three years the EU will test the Safe Road Trains for the Environment (SARTRE), where eight vehicles would be linked by wireless sensors to operate as one “train.” A professional driver would control the “train”, monitoring what’s around each vehicle. Even cars, buses and trucks could join the convoy.
Tests for this innovative system will begin on test tracks in the UK, Spain and Sweden and eventually on public roads in Spain. There are still plenty of kinks to work out. If successful, drivers will have to pay for this transportation service. Pleasure does have its price!