theodp writes: After seeing a caravan of state highway escort trucks accompanying a road work crew, the idea of follow-the-leader driverless vehicles may have crossed your mind. Covered earlier on Slashdot but pretty much lost in the buzz over the Google driverless car is Project Sartre (Safe Road Trains for the Environment), Europe's experiment with 'vehicle platooning,' which has successfully completed a 125 mile road test on a busy Spain motorway, in which three Volvos drove themselves by automatically following a truck in the presence of other, normal road users. The Register reports that on-board cameras, radar and laser tracking allow each vehicle to monitor the one in front, and wirelessly streamed data from the lead vehicle tells each car when to accelerate, break and turn. Time to start working on that screenplay for Convoy II?
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