A convoy of self-driven cars has completed a 200km (125-mile) journey on a Spanish motorway, in the first public test of such vehicles.
The cars were wirelessly linked to each other and "mimicked" a lead vehicle, driven by a professional driver.
The so-called road train has been developed by Volvo. The firm is confident that they will be widely available in future.
The project aims to herald a new age of relaxed driving.
It may be relaxed, but to what extent is it 'driving' at all? Are we 'driving' when on the bus or in a train? Seems like the input is about the same.
According to Volvo, drivers "can now work on their laptops, read a book or sit back and enjoy a relaxed lunch" while driving.Correction: drivers "can continue work on their laptops, read a book or sit back and enjoy a relaxed lunch" while driving. Ask any motorcyclist, or indeed any car driver with moderate observation skills.
I nearly got taken out in Anna's car this morning. A 90° blind bend on a tiny country road, van driver in the middle of the road, phone in one hand, enjoying a vigorous conversation, while he palmed the wheel round with the other. When he saw us he palmed the wheel further round with a squeal of tyres and sped off - still talking.
Death penalty for someone, one day.