Driverless pod arrives in Aus
A driverless pod with no steering wheel manufactured in Coventry, England has arrived for a year long stint in Australia.
The new autonomous pod was on show at the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) held in Melbourne earlier this month, as part of a partnership between the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) and autonomous vehicle developer RDM Group.
It is the first time RDM Group has exhibited outside of Europe and underlines its intention to expand into new territories, including the Asia-Pacific market where it is already in talks with Government and Universities on providing transport solutions.
Delegates at the show explored the pod on the ADVI stand and spoke to technical experts about the technology used and its capabilities, which include a top speed of 15 mph off highway, an operational range of 60 miles and the fact it can be built in two, four, six and eight-seater variants.
"ADVI and its 80 national and international partners look forward to working with RDM to make Australia one of the countries pioneering on-road driverless vehicle research," ADVI Centre of Excellence executive director Rita Excell says.
"Australia has become a global hub for driverless vehicle innovation by supporting and attracting leading companies such as RDM. It’s a fantastic display of commitment to industry collaboration and growth in the Asia-Pacific market."
The Pod will be making its way to ADVI Capital City Forums around Australia over the next year.
ADVI will also display the Pod at several conferences and exhibitions within the Asia-Pacific market over the next year.