Tests to start on cars that drive themselves

Tests will start next year on cars that "drive themselves" in an initiative which could become a reality within 10 years.

Co-ordinated by a UK company, the EU project is called Sartre (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) and involves a "carpooling" roadtrain theory for use on motorways.

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The roadtrain would consist of six to eight vehicles whose occupants would be able to relax, read the paper or chat on mobile phones while travelling.