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Now eat, sleep and be relaxed while driving

world Updated: Jun 21, 2009 23:46 IST
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Imagine cars that would allow you to eat, read, watch television and even sleep behind the wheel while travelling at a speed of 70 mph on the highway.

Your imagination could someday turn into a reality, thanks to scientists who claim to have developed lasers-guided vehicles, using a system which will lock cars using sensors as well as wireless technology, allowing up to ten at a time to
cruise in “car train” convoys.

And, according to the scientists at Volvo, the sensors will synchronise each car to follow in the wake of the vehicle which is directly ahead, with a laser calculating the speed relative to other cars at a rate of 50 times a second.

Interestingly, the only steering and braking would be done by a professional driver at the front of the convoy.

“It would be the same as sitting on a bus or a train, with the big difference that when you come to your exit you take over and you go directly to your destination without having to switch vehicles.

“The professional driver leading the convoy will be responsible for the safety of those behind him. But, those joining the convoy will be taking only the same sort of risks that those jumping on a bus or tube are taking,” Jonas Ekmark, a safety researcher at Volvo cars, told the Daily Mail.

Volvo expects the cars to drive just three feet apart in order to stay in contact.

The drivers would then join the convoy at the back and allow the system to lock them in to the steering and braking patterns of the vehicles ahead.