Road train tested on public roads

Your first robot car might not be the totally-robot google kind, but a lesser robot that only takes over when you’re on the freeway.  Volvo has taken their long-running road train test to public streets in Spain.

Volvo used three vehicles – a XC60, a V60 and a S60 – that drove autonomously following a truck for 200 kilometers (124 miles) at 85 kilometers an hour (53 miles per hour) on the roads outside Barceolona. The follows vehicles used “cameras, radar and laser sensors” and wireless communication to copy what the lead vehicle is doing “using Ricardo autonomous control – accelerating, braking and turning in exactly the same way as the leader.” The vehicles were about six meters (20 feet) apart.

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