Road Train project hits public roads in Spain
The Safe Road Trains for the Environment (SARTRE) project took a big leap forward this week by leaving the test track and going to public roads. In a first-ever test, five Volvo vehicles traveled 200 kilometers on a highway near Barcelona, Spain.
The SARTRE project is a collaboration between the European Commission, Ricardo UK Ltd, Appluss + Idiada, Robotiker, the IKA, the SP Technical Research Institute, and Volvo's Technology and Car corporations. The idea is to "road train" vehicles through wireless connections so that a professional driver (such as a bus or heavy truck driver) leads a "train" of vehicles along a common highway. Participants can enter and leave these Road Trains without disturbing the overall flow of the train. The safety and driver fatigue implications are obvious.
The safety systems inherent in Volvo vehicles are combined with new technology from the other participants in the project to create a way for vehicles to connect (or disconnect) at the driver's will and travel together in a close line safely along a highway.