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SARTRE (SAfe Road TRains for the Environment) – a FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development) project which ran from 2009-2012 and aimed to develop strategies and technologies to allow vehicle platoons to operate on normal public highways. The ‘road trains’ are made up of a lead vehicle with a human driver, followed by a convoy of automated vehicles. A conclusion was that technology for platooning is close to mature, even if further testing and improvement is required. Regulatory aspects are a remaining a challenge.

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