Building a driverless future: the next step

Following Google’s development of its new driverless “pod” model, other companies like the U.K.-based RDM Group have announced they are working with Transport Systems Catapult and Oxford University’s Mobile Robotics Group to develop their own electric-powered pods, which will be part of the TSC’s Low Carbon Urban Transport Zone Pathfinder program, Paul Fanning writes. The pods are in the testing phase, but LUTZ says the goal is to bring 100 pavement-based pods to the public by 2017. The pods represent an interim phase of autonomous driving that experts say will help make fully autonomous cars a reality