+Volvo Cars completed a real-world test of vehicle platooning

+Volvo Cars completed a real-world test of vehicle platooning. Essentially this a more advanced form of adaptive cruise control (ACC). ACC uses radar or laser sensors to measure the distance to the car ahead and then uses engine and brake control to hold your desired vehicle speed while maintaining a safe following distance.

This semi-autonomous platooning approach adds vehicle-to-vehicle communications that essentially lets the driver in the lead vehicle control all of the following vehicles in a virtual caravan.

The same technology has been demonstrated by other automakers including +Ford Motor Company and +General Motors. GM has publicly demonstrated (although not on open roads) platooning using its EN-V concepts. https://plus.google.com/u/0/114133424228405038490/posts/ASsuTcsch8y

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