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>Volvo tests self-driving car, claims technology will reduce accident rates

Imagine these potential benefits of your commute: a much safer drive to work, time to text, read and fix your hair, and better fuel efficiency.

This is the promise of Volvo’s road train system of cars that drive themselves.

So-called vehicle platooning involves a convoy of vehicles that follow a lead car driven by a human. Each of the following computer-driven cars, which can disengage at any time with control reverting back to a human driver, automatically measure the distance, speed and direction of the car in front and adjusts accordingly.

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