29th Jun, 2022

Driverless vehicle technology developed in Coventry showcased in Germany

DRIVERLESS vehicle technology developed in Coventry has been exhibited in Germany for the first time following the backing of a world leader in autonomous vehicles.

RDM Group’s ‘Pod Zero’ were on display at Electronica 2016 with the support of TE Connectivity, a world leader in connectivity and sensor solutions.

The prototype has the ability to seat up to four people, can reach a top speed of 15mph off-highway and has a total operational distance of 60miles between charges.

With plans to bring the driverless vehicles to the streets of Coventry in coming years, the latest exhibition comes amid RDM and TE Connectivity’s plan to develop an autonomous solution that can provide a world first.

David Keene, ceo of RDM Group, expressed his delight with the news and said TE Connectivity’s technology has been used to develop solutions for the new driverless pods.

He said: “The technology is being built into the pods you will soon be seeing in Coventry and Milton Keynes.

“This agreement at the show will extend the relationship so we can use their products in our ‘Pod Zero’ range when it enters low to medium volume production.

“Showcasing one of our pods at electronica is the first time we’ll be seen in Germany.”

The appearance in Germany was the latest stop on the ‘Pod Zero’ tour, which will take in more than ten countries over the next year.

Awareness and exhibiting is also well underway ‘down under’ as one prototype is at the start of a year-long stay in Australia, where it has already been showcased at the Intelligent Transportation Systems Congress in Melbourne.

Available in two, four, six and eight seat variations, interest in the pods has been huge – and RDM Group is in talks with local authorities, airports, universities and others on becoming first adopters.

This alone is estimated to be worth £20m and could involve production of up to 250 vehicles over the next 12 months.

David added: “RDM’s investment into developing our own pods is really starting to pay off.

“Together with the complex autonomous control systems and advanced sensors that are required for safe operation we are very excited.

“We are on the verge of signing some large contracts and expanding worldwide.”

Visit www.rdmgroup.com for further information about the driverless vehicles.

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