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Driverless pod is tech event’s star turn

Driverless car, pod, Aurrigo

Aurrigo’s pod is receiving interest from corporates (pic: Terry Murden)


 

A driverless car was among the big attractions at a breakthrough technology conference in Edinburgh.

The pod can carry four passengers at a top speed of 15 mph and was available for those attending the Disrupt 2.0 conference to take free rides along a short lane on RBS’s Gogarburn complex.

It is designed for short-run pick-up duties around enclosed campuses. Ten vehicles are undergoing trials in Milton Keynes, Singapore and Adelaide and the manufacturer, Aurrigo is reporting keen interest from big corporates.

The plastic-bodied vehicle, built on to a metal frame, has been designed by a team of former Rover employees, including chief technical officer Simon Brewerton, and is manufactured at the former Humber plant in Coventry.

“We are keeping car manufacturing going in the area and we’re now looking for investment,” he said.

The pod can drive for 40 miles or six hours on a single charge.



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