A town in the United Kingdom is launching a $2.4 project that will introduce 20 driverless cars to the city by 2015 and will later expand to 100 cars by 2017. Passengers will be able to book the 2-person “pods” through an app on their smartphone.
The British town of Milton Keynes will get 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.