Volvo has announced they have successfully conducted a multi-vehicle test for the EU-funded SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) project.

Volvo has announced they have successfully conducted a multi-vehicle test for the EU-funded SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) project.

As part of the demonstration, a truck leads three autonomously-controlled vehicles at speeds up to 90 km/h (56 mph) with a gap of no more than 6 meters (19.6 feet) between them.

While the autonomous driving system isn't as advanced as BMW's ConnectedDrive Connect - since it requires a lead vehicle - Volvo says road trains could improve safety, increase road capacity and reduce fuel consumption by as much as 20% (thanks to reduced drag).

If everything goes according to plan, road trains could become a common sight in Europe in as little as ten years.

Check out the press release for additional information

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