Volvo will be testing road trains in the field in Sweden by the end of the year and expects that these will be a main fixture in Europe before the decade ends.
Volvo’s senior safety engineer, Thomas Broberg, said that in the company’s closed-road trials, they’ve achieved getting two cars successfully attached to a road train. A lead vehicle in the road train sets the pace on motorways. It’s also responsible for the steering.
Broberg said that it’s likely that a small fee will be paid to the lead vehicle. He said that drivers that enter a road train are able to “use their time better, drive safer, reduce congestion and improve the environment.”
Broberg said that road trains represent a step towards fully autonomous cars, another aspect of technology that Volvo is working on as well.
He said that there are legal and social issues pertaining to road trains and autonomous vehicles but he said that it has to be done first so that we can get a full grasp of the issues.
Volvo is doing all these research to make sure that no one dies in its cars by 2020. But before this goal is achieved, Volvo knows that it has to first have an understanding of how people think, specifically during the seconds before a crash.