The two-seater prototype pod has been built by Coventry-based RDM Group, and was first shown to the public in February 2015.
Three pods were tested initially in Milton Keynes during 2015 to ensure that they can comply with the Highway Code. A further trial, with a four-seat vehicle developed from the LUTZ, commenced along a guided busway near Cambridge for possible use in an after hours service.
The pod is a two-seater electric car with space for luggage. It has a limited top speed of 15 mph (24 km/h) and has a range of 40 miles (64 km) or can run for eight hours. The self-driving equipment includes 19 sensors, cameras, radar and Lidar. Users can hail them by using a smartphone app.
The first trial of autonomous operation on a public road, with pedestrians, cycles and other vehicles, was conducted in Milton Keynes on 11 October 2016. The vehicles "operated as expected."
In October 2017 a trial service, using a four-seat vehicle, between Trumpington Park and Ride and Cambridge railway station along the guided busway, for possible use in an after hours service. The £250,000 project was part funded by Innovate UK and delivered in partnership with Connecting Cambridgeshire and the Smart Cambridge Programme. If the trial is successful a ten-seat vehicle will be used in routine service.
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