Heathrow to test driverless pods
Wed, 11 Aug, 2010
Holidaymakers heading to Heathrow Airport could take advantage of a new system for shuttling customers around the facility.
The airport has unveiled a system of driverless pods, designed with a futuristic sleek look and featuring a start button which allows customers to control the vehicles themselves.
Set to come into use from next year, the four-seater cabs will shuttle tourists from the car parks to Terminal 5 and are the brainchild of Professor Martin Lowson, who previously worked on the development of the Saturn V Rocket.
He said: "They could have the same effect on transport this century as the [Stephenson's] Rocket had on the 19th."
"We believe that our ... system can transform cities in the 21st century to provide the optimum form of environmentally-friendly urban transport," it was added.
Mark Bullock, managing director of Heathrow Airport, recently told the BBC that the pods could reduce fuel consumption by up to 50 per cent if the vehicles are a success.
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