Road Trains – The Future of European Motorways?
Swedish car giant Volvo have said that by the year 2020, the sight of road trains on European roads will be a regular occurrence. Closed testing has already successfully taken place in Sweden, and the company’s senior safety engineer, Thomas Broberg says that Volvo will begin live road testing in Sweden by the end of 2011.
Autonomous driving? Better fuel efficiency? Safer? The list of positives for such a system are great, but the hurdles to overcome seem equally great. This is however 2011, not 2001, and the technology to control and run such a system exists. The benefits for longer car journey’s and fuel consumption cannot be underestimated, and any development that can improve further the way our cars consumer energy (be it petrol or electricity) is a fantastic step in the right direction.