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November 8, 2013

Milton Keynes to Have Driverless Cars by 2015


UK town Milton Keynes will have  a fleet of 20 driverless cars by 2015, the UK’s business secretary Vince Cable has said. The “pods” will carry up to two people, travel along special pathways, and reach a top speed of 12 miles per hour (19 km/h). In 2017, the project — costing £1.5 million ($2.4 million) — will be expanded as the fleet rises to 100 self-driving pods. The plan is for these vehicles will share pathways with pedestrians and use sensors to avoid collisions. This of course can have an effect on disabled people like Mobility scooter users and the blind.

The UK government has yet to reveal the specifications for the vehicles, but a mock-up video, below, shows that passengers will be able to book them with a smartphone app, and that the pods themselves will be equipped with a screen that allows access to the internet, music, and other entertainment. The Guardian reports that the first route scheduled for the driverless cars will be between the town’s railway station and a shopping center 20 minutes away on foot. A journey will likely cost around £2, but that figure will be subject to a study next year.

Source: BBC News | The Guardian


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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini