Mini-cars that drive themselves will be tested in a town in England within the next few years. The electric-powered vehicles will travel at 12mph and carry people around on special pathways, in Milton Keynes.
The government has agreed to help fund a plan to get 20 of the pods, using drivers to begin with, working by 2015. But by 2017 it’s hoped there’ll be 100 driverless versions, bookable using a smartphone app and which use special sensors to avoid bumping into things.
There’ll also be a number of ‘apps’ in the vehicle so passengers can browse the internet, check their emails, read a newspaper or play games.
The government says that if the scheme goes well the pods could be used in other towns and cities across the UK. Via Driverless ‘pod’ cars coming to Milton Keynes by 2017.