Going driverless in Australia

Going driverless in Australia

A leading Coventry manufacturer is helping pioneer driverless vehicle technology Down Under after it began trials on a new ‘last mile’ transport solution.

Aurrigo, the autonomous vehicle division of RDM Group, is testing its Pod Zero at the Tonsley Innovation District in South Australia to explore a possible solution to carrying and delivering cargo around the technology precinct.

Manufacturing work on a further two pods is being carried out at the firm’s UK advanced engineering centre.

The Pod Zero has an operating speed of up to 24km/h, multiple battery options up to eight hours or 80 kilometers and, if not carrying cargo, can be fitted out to seat four people.

Roger van der Lee, Aurrigo’s Autonomous Programmes Director for Australia and Asia Pacific, said: “The initiative at Tonsley Innovation District is the direct result of funding from the South Australian Government’s $10m Future Mobility Lab Fund, supporting the development of driverless car technologies. We’re proud to be involved in one of the first projects and delighted to see UK technology being used over 10,000 miles away.”

Aurrigo, which was part of Coventry’s successful bid for UK City of Culture 2021, designs and develops the driverless vehicles from the ground up, including the autonomous control systems and offers a full “in the field” operating service.