Technology forum says pods project will turn city into a tech-hub

Dec 08, 2014

The £20 million UK Autodrive programme was announced in Wednesday’s Autumn Statement, putting Milton Keynes at the cutting edge of worldwide smart mobility programmes.

Biztech chairman Fredi Nonyelu said: “It is fantastic for Milton Keynes that we are at the centre of the development of driverless cars. 

“There is a clear opportunity for local businesses to benefit when our city becomes a hub for this technology and a magnet for technology talent.

“It is Biztech’s role to help make local companies aware of the opportunities and we will be doing that.”

The programme is set to see the testing of self-drive cars as well as self-driving pods designed for pedestrianised areas and to develop the technologies that will need to be built into roads and the surrounding infrastructure to aid vehicle navigation.

Locally-based organisations involved in the project include Milton Keynes Council, the Transport Systems Catapult and the Open University. 

“We would like to see many more local companies and organisations get aboard the project,” said Mr Nonyelu. 

The programme will see research teams test public reaction to autonomous vehicles around Milton Keynes and Coventry, carry out real-world testing on public roads and footpaths, and develop new legal and insurance protocols to make driverless mobility safe and viable. 

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