Driverless technology hits Germany

Driverless technology hits Germany

Autonomous vehicle specialist RDM Group has teamed up with $12bn global technology firm TE Connectivity (TE) to bring a new driverless pod to Germany for the first time.

TE will showcase one of the first prototypes of RDM Group’s ‘Pod Zero’ at electronic trade fair electronica 2016.

The prototype includes nearly 100 different connectivity solutions, seats up to four people, reaches a top speed of 15 mph off-highway and has a total operational distance of 60 miles between charges.

David Keene, CEO of RDM Group, said: “We have been working with TE Connectivity for many years, using their products within our wiring harnesses for our many automotive OEM customers. More recently, we have used their design expertise and technology to develop solutions for our driverless pods.

“These are now being built into the pods that you will soon be seeing in Milton Keynes and Coventry and this agreement at the show will extend the relationship so that we will use their products in our ‘Pod Zero’ range when it enters low to medium volume production.”

Germany is the latest stop in RDM’s ‘Pod Zero’ tour, which will cover more than 10 countries in the current year.

Another of the prototype vehicles has recently touched down for the beginning of a year-long stay in Australia.

RDM Group is already in talks with local authorities, airports, universities and others about becoming some of the first to adopt the driverless pods, which are available in two, four, six and eight seat variations.

This 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 – together with the complex autonomous control systems and advanced sensors that are required for safe operation – is really starting to pay off. We are on the verge of signing some very large contracts and expanding worldwide.”


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