Driverless pod launches in Greenwich

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Driverless pod launches in Greenwich

A new transport venture is offering up a new alternative to the tube or train. It’s not quite a hoverboard, and it may look like a car, but there’s one main difference – there’s no need for a driver.
Today, the first driverless pod will be unveiled by the Transport Systems Catapult at a special launch event in Greenwich. 
The two-seater “LUTZ Pathfinder”, is designed to work autonomously on footpaths and in pedestrianised area.  The prototype produces zero emissions, has a six-hour range and a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour.  
This project comes as part of a  £20 million twin-city Autodrive project announced by the Chancellor in the 2014 Autumn Statement in London and Milton Keynes. 
A fleet of around 40 driverless pods will start operating in pedestrianised areas of Milton Keynes later this year, with Greenwich to follow.
Apparently China has already expressed interest in ordering up to 3000 pods.
London Live took a closer look at what this new project will do for the capital.


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