RDM to take driverless vehicles to Australia
AN INNOVATIVE Coventry firm is set to take its driverless vehicles ‘Down Under’ for the first time.
RDM Group is set to travel more than 10,000 miles to exhibit its driverless pods in Australia.
The company, which is based on the Bilton Industrial Estate in Humber Avenue, has been specially invited by the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) to showcase its latest autonomous pods.
The technology developed in Coventry will be going on show to visitors at the 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) held in Melbourne from October 10-14.
It is the first time the firm 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 bodies and universities on providing short distance transport solutions. Delegates to the show will be able to explore the pod on the ADVI stand and talk to technical experts about the technology used and its capabilities, which include a top speed of 15mph off highway, an operational range of 60 miles and the fact it can be built in two, four, six and eightseater variants.
“The ITS World Congress is a fantastic global stage for our business and we are delighted that our technology is generating significant interest thousands of miles away from where it is being developed,” said RDM CEO David Keene, who started the business from his home 23 years ago.
“Australia is committed to being at the vanguard of driverless vehicles and we have been in discussions with ADVI for some time now about our autonomous pods and how we can potentially build, market and sell them in the Asia-Pacific region.
“We are hoping that by exhibiting one of our ‘Pod Zero’ vehicles we will bring the concept to life and accelerate the public’s appetite for this form of transport, a form of transport that reduces congestion, pollution and at the same time is accessible to people who can’t use mainstream solutions.
“This is just the start of a push in Australia and this includes us signing up as an official partner of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative.”
Pod Zero, fresh from completing the UK’s first public autonomous trial in September, will be staying in Australia where it will be undertaking a tour of events where members of the public will have the chance to experience it.
Mr Keene added that Australia offered huge potential for EDM and that the firm may even consider setting up a manufacturing base there.