[p2p-research] Slashdot | "Road Trains" Ready To Roll

Paul D. Fernhout pdfernhout at kurtz-fernhout.com
Mon Nov 9 22:30:14 CET 2009

clickclickdrone writes to mention that "road trains," a system linking 
vehicles together via wireless sensors could soon be rolled out in Europe. 
The system is designed primarily at cutting fuel consumption, travel time, 
and congestion. "Funded under the European Commission's Framework 7 research 
plan, Sartre (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) is aimed at commuters in 
cars who travel long distances to work every day but will also look at ways 
to involve commercial vehicles. Tom Robinson, project co-ordinator at 
engineering firm Ricardo, said the idea was to use off-the-shelf components 
to make it possible for cars, buses and trucks to join the road train."

Stretching things a bit, but this is interesting from a peer-to-peer 
perspective, in the sense that what is being produced for everyone through 
adopting the same cooperative standard is a smoother commute, as up to eight 
cars are somehow sharing the cost of one professional driver. So, there is 
some little commons here of commuting. :-)

Anyway, it is nice to see one more cooperative trend.

--Paul Fernhout

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