What it is: A tiny fleet (about a dozen) of commercial trucks has just crossed Europe using primarily autonomous driving modes -- the first feat of its kind on the continent. It's all part of the European Truck Platooning Challenge, an elaborate event organized by the Dutch government that hopes to unify the automotive industry and accelerate autonomous commercial trucks.
Why it's important: "Platooning," or the act of autonomous vehicles following each other, has tremendous effects on efficiency: it's cheaper than driving on cruise control, and according to Quartz's reporting of a TNO study, it can also "reduce fuel use by up to 15%, prevent human error from causing accidents, and reduce congestion."
Spotted by Dan Swift
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