Among the topics are safe road trains for the environment
that reduce fuel consumption through a lower aerodynamic drag coefficient, low-cost autonomous vehicles for urban environments, system design and objective testing results for vehicle safety communications, a semi-autonomous system for testing with somnolent drivers, integrating controller design for path following in autonomous vehicles, and autonomous vehicle control in an urban environment by detecting map-based driving lanes.
The European Safe Road Trains for the Environment
(Sartre) programme, funded by the European Commission, is developing technology to allow vehicle "platoons" to operate on public roads.
Trials are already under way with Volvo taking a lead under the SARTRE project which stands for Safe Road Trains for the Environment
The tests were carried out under the European Commission's research project carried Sartre - Safe Road Trains for the Environment
Tom Robinson at engineering consultancy Ricardo, which is leading the Safe Road Trains for the Environment
(Sartre) project, said: "This is a very significant milestone in the development of safe road-train technology.