Welcome to London, your robocab awaits

Heathrow airport in the United Kingdom is to switch to autopilot with the world’s first fleet of driverless taxis to whisk passengers around the airport.

The electrically powered “pod cabs” will allow users to key in their destination and be carried there automatically along special roadways at speeds of up to 25mph.

The cabs are designed to take four passengers along with their luggage. They will also be big enough for a bicycle or a pushchair.

The first stage of the project, costing about £30m, is due to come into service later next year to take passengers on a four-minute journey from a car park to the new terminal 5, which will open in the spring.

If it is successful, BAA, Heathrow’s operator, plans to spend £200m expanding the system, with at least 400 vehicles replacing the current fleet of shuttle buses.

Source:  Times

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