The head of a company involved the UK Government’s “Future Mobility Areas” says the concept will reduce congestion, improve safety on the roads and employing more people.
The zones, which are receiving £20m (US26) in funding will be designed especially for emerging technologies in the transport sector, which is seeing new modes of transport being developed.
The West Midlands is the first region to receive a “Future Mobility Area” grant, according to trade body BVRLA. Other areas will be chosen soon.
The scheme will involve autonomous pods built by Westfield Technology, which is part of the Midlands Connected and Automated Vehicle Cluster. Its CEO, Julian Turner, said,“We are delighted at the announcement by Andy Street, and look forward to playing our part in helping to reduce congestion, improve safety on the roads and employing more people in the West Midlands.”
Secretary of transport Chris Grayling (pictured, right with West Midlands mayor Andy Street), added “We will create an environment where new technologies and services can be deployed, giving passengers more choice than ever before.
“Whether you’re travelling to work or training or education, all will benefit from the innovation to come.”