RDM to take driver­less ve­hi­cles to Aus­tralia

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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.

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