Leading the way in the design and
production of autonomous pods


Pod Zero

Our passion for innovation and pushing the boundaries of technology has seen us lead the way in the production of autonomous vehicles within the L-SATS (Low-Speed Autonomous Transport System) sector.

Specialist designers, engineers and electronic experts are currently working on delivering the UK's first driverless vehicles that can be used on public pavements, streets and on private land.

This will enable future driving to be free from fuel, emissions, accidents and opens up new transport opportunities for local authorities plagued by congestion issues.

These striking pods can also be customised to house more passengers and suit other applications, including:

  • Airports
  • Eco towns & villages
  • Golf courses
  • Heritage sites
  • Holiday parks
  • Shopping centres
  • Smart cities
  • University campuses

RDM can work with project partners, from initial design and prototyping, through to testing and assembly.

Our Advanced Engineering Centre in Coventry is also capable of small to medium volume production.

Pod Zero

We had the eyes of the world media on us recently when we unveiled a major UK transport breakthrough in Greenwich, London.

Directors and engineers from the business travelled down to the Capital to join Ministers, The Transport Systems Catapult and other partners to showcase the first driverless pod for use in The "LUTZ" Pathfinder L-SATS project.

Electric powered, the vehicle can seat two people, will travel at a maximum speed of 15mph and boasts a range of 40 miles. It uses sensor and navigation technology provided by the University of Oxford's Mobile Robotics Group.

The build of the first prototype has taken just 10 months to complete and has involved eight specialist engineers at RDM. It is anticipated that three pods will be manufactured ready for trials on the pavements of Milton Keynes in Summer 2015.

Naturally, safety is the number one factor and this is reflected in the implementation of up to 19 different types of sensors, cameras, lasers, radars and LIDAR's.

Pod Zero

Building on our involvement in the "LUTZ" pathfinder project, we have been invited to take part in UK Autodrive, a consortium of local authorities, academic institutions and advanced engineering businesses.

The aim of the £19.2m project is to establish the UK as a global hub for the development of autonomous vehicle L-SATS technologies and to integrate driverless vehicles into existing urban environments by trialing them in two major UK cities.

Not only will the programme help develop the new protocols and connected infrastructure required to deliver future autonomous mobility, it will allow the UK Autodrive team to test public reaction to both driverless cars and self-driving pods.

RDM will be responsible for developing up to 40 driverless pods (similar to the Lutz pods) for a series of trials in Milton Keynes with a couple of guest visit trials in Coventry.

There are 14 consortium partners including:

  • Arup
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • MIRA
  • Tata Motors European Technical Centre