Europe’s SARTRE (SAfe Road TRains for the Environment) project is well underway, having carried out its first successful demonstration of its self-driving technology at Volvo’s proving grounds near Gothenburg, Sweden.

The SARTRE project is attempting to launch new technology for vehicles in order to allow them to drive themselves in long road trains on highways, a practice known as platooning. The technology has the potential to improve traffic flow and journey times, offer greater comfort to drivers, reduce accidents, and improve fuel consumption and hence lower CO2 emissions.

The video below shows the first time a test of the technology has been conducted in the real world. Prior to this it was only in simulations. As we can clearly see in the video, the steering wheel of the car moves by itself, allowing the driver to sit back and enjoy a coffee while reading a newspaper. He neither uses his hands nor feet during the test. For more details check out our previous story by clicking here.