Archive for January 19th, 2011

Car “Platooning”

New Scientist (1/18, Graham-Rowe) reported on a road test of an automatic driving system in Sweden that showed “that a single car could join a platoon, be ‘enslaved’ by a lead truck” and become part of a convoy “and then exit safely.” As a result, “discussions are now under way to carry out tests on public roads in Spain next year.” The system, known as “platooning,” was tested by Volvo, “one of the partners of the Safe Road Trains for the Environment (SARTRE) Project” coordinated by the Cambridge engineering firm Ricardo UK, which has “€6.4 million of European Commission money” for it. The system would theoretically let “drivers read a book, surf the net or possibly even have a snooze while behind the wheel.” The SARTRE project aims to operate “platoons on public highways without having to change the infrastructure.”

Reposted from the 1/19/11 ASEE First Bell

Community Based Undergraduate Research Grants

Community Based Undergraduate Research Grants will provide opportunities for students to develop research projects that apply their academic skills, experiences, and ideas to real world problems. Awards will be granted on a competitive basis. Please see application form at .  A budget of anticipated expenses including travel, living expenses, research supplies should not exceed $3,000.  If research is a team project that includes graduate students and other undergraduate students, then the budget may not exceed $5,000.  An honorarium of $1,000 will be awarded to the faculty advisor.

The deadline to apply is 12:00 noon on Friday, February 18, 2011

Brian Cullaty, Ph.D.

Assistant to the Vice Provost for Academic Programs

University of Virginia


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