Milton Keynes have announced plans to introduce 100 models of the self-driving, zero-emission electric vehicle to the city by 2015.
The ULTra Personal Electric Transportation Pods, otherwise known as “pod cars”, will connect the city’s shopping centre to its central station.
Members of the public will be able to “order” the pods much like they would a taxi, with the main difference being that a smartphone app will likely be used in place of a phone call.
Pods will transport up to four passengers to their destination at 12mph using the on-board computer to navigate complex routes without a human driver, it will cost around lb2 per journey.
On top of being environmentally friendly, the pods are also virtually silent and are very lightweight.
A similar system has been used at Heathrow Airport since 2011.
Overall cost for implementing the proposed plan is said to be around lb65 million.
By Daniel Walker