RDM Group goes down under

RDM Group goes down under

Driverless vehicle technology developed by Coventry-based RDM Group is set to travel over 10,000 miles to make its debut in Australia next week.

RDM Group has been invited by the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) to showcase its new autonomous pods to visitors at the 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) held in Melbourne.

The event takes place 10-14 October and will mark the first time RDM Group has exhibited outside of Europe.

It will give attendees the opportunity to explore the pod on the ADVI stand and talk to technical experts about the technology used and its capabilities

The firm hopes to further expand into new territories, including the Asia-Pacific market where it is already in talks with government and universities on providing transport solutions.

“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,” explained David Keene.

“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 concerted push in Australia and this includes us signing up as an official partner of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative.”

Executive director of the ADVI Centre of Excellence, Ms Rita Excell said: “ADVI and its 80 national and international partners look forward to working with RDM to make Australia one of the countries pioneering on-road driverless vehicle research.”

“Australia has become a global hub for driverless vehicle innovation by supporting and attracting leading companies such as RDM. It’s a fantastic display of commitment to industry collaboration and growth in the Asia-Pacific market."

Pod Zero will be staying in Australia once the ITS World Congress is finished, and will be making its way to the ADVI Capital City Forums around Australia where the general public will get a chance to experience the future of smart mobility.

ADVI will also display the Pod at several conferences and exhibitions within the Asia-Pacific market over the next year to promote the future of transport, driverless vehicles and the RDM Pod Zero range.

“There is so much potential in Australia that it would be silly not to explore all avenues that give us a platform to bring our pods to the public,” added David.

“This includes potentially licensing our technology through a joint venture or it could mean investing in setting up a manufacturing base in Australia…logistically this would offer massive benefits and reduces the build and development lead time significantly.”



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