The Coventry-based company RDM Group, which is involved in the autonomous vehicle projects LUTZ and UK Autodrive, has announced it’s in “advanced discussions” to secure £15m worth of international contracts.
It says it’s talking in in the Far East, the Middle East and US with shopping centres, airports and local authorities to supply driverless pods for transporting people and cargo.
“Our pioneering work in developing the UK’s first driverless vehicles has seen us attract significant media coverage around the world and this has led to lots of enquiries from organisations keen to be at the forefront of this technology,” explained David Keene, CEO.
“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.”
He continued: “There’s 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.”
The company, which employs 61 people, also held meetings with a number of Universities and airports keen to collaborate and explore the feasibility of using its pods.
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.
“We are in advanced negotiations with a number of potential customers and invitations to collaborate are happening weekly.”
He continued: “The Government, through its UKTI arm, featured us in its Smart Cities Official Pitch Book, which will be distributed to all UK embassies across the world to showcase how we can help reduce pollution and congestion in our cities.”