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Europe to Support Autonomous Driving Project

“Utopian” plans to allow vehicles to drive themselves.

by on Oct.23, 2009

A new European program could put convoys of autonomous cars on the road within a decade.

A new European program could put convoys of autonomous cars on the road within a decade.

The European Union is launching a new project, dubbed SARTE, that will push the development of technology enabling vehicles to drive themselves in long “trains” on the highway.

Tom Robinson, SARTRE project coordinator for Ricardo UK Ltd., which plans to participate in the new project, said the technology has the potential to improve traffic flow, offer greater comfort to drivers, reduce accidents, and improve fuel consumption and cut CO2 emissions.

“The SARTRE project brings together a unique mix of technologies, skills and
expertise from industry and academia, with the aim of encouraging the development of safe and environmentally effective road trains,” Robinson said.

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There have been a number of autonomous vehicle projects, around the world, in recent years, including one that embedded road transponders on a stretch of interstate highway near San Diego.  This was used to help guide specially-equipped vehicles, including several prototype Buicks.

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