Have you ever been stuck in traffic on a long journey, wished you could read your newspaper when driving or put your feet up and relax and let someone drive for you? Then read on….

 

SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) have promised that within 10 years this is what they can achieve for motorists.  Tests in Sweden and California have been carried out and work by a platoon of vehicles following a professional driver at the front.  All you have to do is an initial set up of your direction and speed to allow for a safe gap at travelling distance then sit back and let the front driver take you on your long journey while you relax.

 

The theory is that cars will become safer on the roads to prevent up to 80% of accidents and fuel consumption could be approved by 20%. Congestion would also be a much lesser problem. As with everything nothing comes without any challenges or acceptance and one of them could be insurance and liability. Another problem maybe that the public may not like this change in technology.

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