British town will introduce fleet of driverless cars by 2015

The British town of Milton Keynes will get a fleet of 20 driverless cars by 2015, the UK’s business secretary Vince Cable has said. The “pods” will carry up to two people, travel along special pathways, and reach a top speed of 12 miles per hour (19 km/h). In 2017, the project — costing £1.5 million ($ 2.4 million) — will be expanded as the fleet rises to 100 self-driving pods. The plan is for these vehicles will share pathways with pedestrians and use sensors to avoid collisions.

The UK government has yet to reveal the specifications for the vehicles, but a mock-up video shows that passengers will be able to book them with a smartphone app, and that the pods themselves will be equipped with a screen that allows access to the…

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