Volvo tests self driving cars on over 200km of busy Spanish motorway

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    May 28, 2012 6:17 PM GMT
    http://www.reghardware.com/2012/05/28/volvo_tests_project_sartre_on_public_roads/

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    Three cars have successfully driven themselves by automatically following a lorry for 125 miles on a public motorway in the presence of other, normal road users.

    The real-world trial, conducted in Spain by Volvo and car automation specialist Ricardo, put technology created for Project Sartre (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) to the test to determine if it can indeed allow the cars to be guided safely by a lead vehicle while their drivers get on with something else.

    "Apart from the software developed as part of the project, it is really only the wireless network installed between the cars that set them apart from other cars available in showrooms today," said Volvo's Sartre project chief, Linda Wahlström.

    The 125-mile test run was conducted at an average speed of just over 50mph and kept the three cars behind the truck at an average separation of 6m.

    Volvo has tested the technology many times before, but until now only on private test tracks.

    "We has slopes… it was quite windy [and there was] a lot of other traffic, and it was great to see the system could handle it," said Ricardo chief engineer Eric Chan. "It was a very positive experience."


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    Jul 05, 2013 5:59 PM GMT
    Volvo Truck Emergency Braking System

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    Jul 05, 2013 6:11 PM GMT
    This is the future for people like me. Just program where I'm going onto the motherboard and it will take there.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cdgQpa1pUUE
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    Jul 05, 2013 6:41 PM GMT
    riddler78 said
    Three cars have successfully driven themselves by automatically following a lorry for 125 miles on a public motorway in the presence of other, normal road users.

    The real-world trial, conducted in Spain by Volvo and car automation specialist Ricardo, put technology created for Project Sartre (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) to the test to determine if it can indeed allow the cars to be guided safely by a lead vehicle while their drivers get on with something else.


    Isn't that what public transit is for?
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    Jul 05, 2013 6:43 PM GMT
    Computers can drive better than people no doubt. Its only a matter of time and it can't come soon enough.

    Now if they can only figure out how to get a computer to control a commuter cyclist's bike, real cyclists can breath a sigh of relief on the trails.
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    Jul 05, 2013 7:04 PM GMT
    The_Guruburu said
    Isn't that what public transit is for?


    Most trains or buses frown upon rubbing one out in public.
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    Jul 05, 2013 7:08 PM GMT
    I think this is a safe idea if they use the carpool lanes around LA. Regular lanes?

    Um... No. Especially right after their phone rings...icon_rolleyes.gif


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    Jul 05, 2013 7:10 PM GMT
    ATC84 said
    The_Guruburu said
    Isn't that what public transit is for?


    Most trains or buses frown upon rubbing one out in public.

    Isn't that what restroom stalls are for?
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    Jul 05, 2013 7:17 PM GMT
    Shouldn't real world testing take place in somewhere such as India or China? There're so many people all over just taking up space...icon_mad.gif
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    Jul 05, 2013 7:18 PM GMT

    I would and could see myself owning one of these Volvos in the future.