RDM sets its sights on £15m worth of exports

RDM sets its sights on £15m worth of exports

Coventry-based RDM Group has announced that it is currently in talks to secure more than £15m of international contracts to provide autonomous vehicles to shopping centres, airports and local authorities.

The new driverless pods will be used to transport people and cargo for potential customers in the Far East, the Middle East and the US.

If the contracts are given the go ahead, it is expected that 20 new jobs will be created to cope with the rise in production.

The company, which currently employs 61 people, also held meetings with a number of Universities and airports keen to collaborate and explore the feasibility of using its pods.

David Keene, CEO of RDM, said: “We have proven that we have the design and manufacturing skills needed to make this new form of transport possible and we are now starting to unearth all of the different applications it could be used for.

“There has been lots of meetings in numerous countries and we’ve also hosted delegations to our advanced engineering centre in the UK, where we can demonstrate some of the pods in action.

“Coventry used to be at the heart of the world’s transport sector and we have a vision to put the City at the forefront again, making driverless vehicles a reality for everyone.”

Miles Garner, Sales and Marketing Director, continued: “Our involvement in LUTZ in Milton Keynes and the current UK Autodrive programme has given us a fantastic platform to lead the way in this technology. 

“Shortly, we will be launching our range of next generation pods, operating on our own Autonomous Control System (ACS). These will be capable of accommodating 2 to 8 people, including wheelchair access and cargo variants.”