Driverless pod maker plans global expansion

Last updated on: June 6, 2016, Author: R Sahota

A Coventry manufacturer that is involved in the development of driverless car technology is eyeing international markets after revealing it is in “advanced discussions” for overseas orders worth more than £15m.

RDM Group, which helped to develop the LUTZ Pathfinder, could be set to supply driverless pods to shopping centres, airports and local authorities in the Far East, the Middle East and the US.

The new contracts could bring 20 jobs to the West Midlands. RDM chief executive David Keene  said: “We have proven that we have the design and manufacturing skills needed to make this new form of transport possible and we are now starting to unearth all of the different applications it could be used for.

The LUTZ Pathfinder is currently being tested on the roads of Milton Keynes and RDM is also gearing up to launch its second generation pos.

Sales and marketing director Miles Garner added: “These will be capable of accommodating two to eight people, including wheelchair access and cargo variants.

“We are in advanced negotiations with a number of potential customers and invitations to collaborate are happening weekly.”

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