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Will your car drive itself soon?



future-car-1If you are like me and half in the bag on some mornings because you don’t get enough sleep and are afraid of falling asleep at the wheel then this new ‘self-driving’ idea might just work for you.

A revolutionary roadtrain system that would allow cars to “drive themselves” as part of a convoy of vehicles on the motorway is set to undergo testing next year.

The EU project, known as Safe Road Trains for the Environment (Sartre), has been co-ordinated with the help of a UK company to develop technology that will allow a “lead” vehicle, such as a bus or taxi, to assume “normal” driving practice, which the pursuing vehicles will then follow. Once formed, the roadtrains will allow drivers to relax behind the wheel in a similar fashion to current cruise control systems, with a navigation system and a transmitter/receiver taking over driving duties until the driver is ready to leave the motorway.

The system has been designed to increase safety and reduce the environmental impact of motorway driving by exploiting the slipstream that is generated by a convoy of vehicles moving at speed. This passageway of “clean” air reduces the overall drag placed on the car, cutting the amount of fuel used over the course of a long journey.

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January 5th, 2010

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  1. Sounds great! Wow, fantastic. With that I can switch to cruise control mode!


  2. Will your car drive itself? I have to answer that! If you’re looking for a car that drives by itself, buy a Toyota!


  3. hehehehe Now this would be really cool. πŸ™‚ I bet it could be a GPS navigator. πŸ™‚


  4. It seems unbelievable. A car driving itself….. It is possible but before that we need proper infrastructure.


  5. This car is the strangest and most beautiful I have ever seen!
    Must be super tech, and I really like it! I do not expect this to have a one day to walk in the street, but surely for a collection


  6. The car looks cool but seems weird if its going to drive itself. All these crazy technologies, in no time we won’t have to do anything anymore!


  7. I think that cars with the ability to drive themself would improve the security of our traffic system very much. Even alcoholic people could drive anytime they want as they don’t have to drive themself! πŸ™‚


  8. I wish and hope this will be true one day. I want to get in a car with a push of a button and it takes me where ever I need to be.


  9. This is funny! Look at the photograph of the bubble sitting in the driveway! This is just so exciting, my thoughts are running wild. So do we mean that I can rest whilst the car drives itself. What about drink driving laws? Will this mean the end of traffic violations, and the need for licenses. Wow!


  10. This would be really helpful if cars can drive us when we’re tired. Especially people don’t have to drive drunk.


  11. This would be so cool since we have to many drunk drivers now days. So dangerous.


  12. πŸ™‚ If you’re looking for a car that drives by itself, buy a Bentley with personal driver πŸ™‚


  13. I don’t think this would be cool at all. I love driving, it is the one place where I can not think about work and enjoy the drive!


  14. that’s a pretty insane looking car! but to self drive? only happens in demolition man and minority report. if these “things” can self drive, then there will be no more risk of accidents? and how can you sleep in a self driving vehicle? I for one will not trust a machine to drive me home, hah!


  15. Wow, this is very cool. This the most unique car I’ve ever seen. We can now relax in the car anytime we get tired.


  16. I read this article three times and am still smiling at the thought of the car convoy with sleeping drivers. Oh how cool! Follow the leader!


  17. This would really be amazing. Can you imagine the electronics that go into something like this. It is hard to believe we could be on the cusp of creating things like this.


  18. With the help of our new and advanced technology this day. I believe this wont be possible. It made our driving much more easier and comftable.


  19. It has a possibility that cars will drive itself.


  20. Fantastic and it was sooner than you think. The first cars to be equipped with the new SARTRE system could appear on test tracks as early as 2011. The vehicles will be fitted out with a navigation system and a transmitter/receiver unit that communicates with a lead vehicle. Robinson, who is the SARTRE project coordinator of Ricardo UK Ltd. said that this project’s ultimate aim is to encourage a step change in personal transport usage. Under this innovative scheme, a professional driver in a leading vehicle will take responsibility for a ‘platoon’. I really can’t wait to make this possible.


  21. This would be really cool if cars can drive. I hope it would help to reduce drunk driving.


  22. Well I do know that they have cars that will auto-park itself. So I guess it was a matter of time before they came out with something like this.


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