Eng­land test auto-pi­lot pods de­signed for safety, if not for the eye.

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TWO trans­port ex­per­i­ments on op­po­site ends of the globe may yet change the way trucks are loaded and taxis are hailed in fu­ture.

In Korea, the Hyundai Mo­tor Group has re­leased pho­tos of an ex­oskele­ton which the com­pany says on its blog was in­spired by Iron Man. The suit, which is still in its pre-pro­duc­tion form, can re­port­edly lift ob­jects weigh­ing over 60 kg with no stress to your legs, arms or back.

The lat­est ex­oskele­ton fol­lows the H-LEX, a minia­ture ex­oskele­ton fo­cused on keep­ing frail, el­derly and dis­abled peo­ple as mo­bile as pos­si­ble that Hyundai re­leased last year. The H-LEX weighs 12 kg and is pow­ered by a bat­tery in a small back­pack.

In Green­wich, Lon­don, mem­bers of the pub­lic can now regis­ter to take part in the UK’s first pub­lic tri­als of driver­less ve­hi­cles.

The tri­als form part of the Green­wich Au­to­mated Trans­port En­vi­ron­ment project — an £8 mil­lion re­search project to in­ves­ti­gate the use, per­cep­tion and ac­cep­tance of au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles in the UK.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic can now regis­ter for their chance to rate the driver­less rides.

Pro­fes­sor Nick Reed, di­rec­tor at TRL and tech­ni­cal lead of the project, said the move to au­to­mated ve­hi­cles is prob­a­bly the most sig­nif­i­cant change in trans­port since the tran­si­tion from horse-drawn car­riages to mo­torised ve­hi­cles.

“Test­ing these ve­hi­cles in a liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment, like the UK Smart Mo­bil­ity Liv­ing Lab, takes the con­cept from fic­tion to re­al­ity. It gives the pub­lic a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence what it’s like to ride in an au­to­mated ve­hi­cle and to make their own mind up as to how much they like it, trust it and could ac­cept it as a ser­vice in the city.”

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED.

Step right in: The driver­less pods be­ing tested on auto-pi­lot in Green­wich, Lon­don

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