Enjoy being in cars but hate the hassle of watching the road and holding the steering wheel? The road train autopilot system could bring us cavalcades of remotely driven cars.
There's a potential environmental benefit to all this too. The hope is that people in the road trains will accept slightly slower speeds as a trade-off for not having to worry about driving. That means less congestion and less fuel consumption. The technology builds on what some cars are already equipped with, such as sensors that warn the driver if he or she is getting too close to an object up ahead. Here's a diagram of a future road train in action: