UK town to officially deploy driverless pods for public transport

By Himanshu Arora · 9 replies
Nov 6, 2013
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  1. Driverless cars on public roads will soon become reality in Milton Keynes, UK. The town, which lies north of London, is preparing to replace the existing old and noisy buses with a fleet of 100 ULTra PRT transport pods. Each...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    It's great but what about vandalism to the pods, throwing obstacles in front of pods, blocking their roadway etc? Some people are worse than wild animals.
  3. You can do so to normal cars too. Human will react slower than this.
  4. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    There's a place for those people, its called The United States of America.
    nubwaxer and Skidmarksdeluxe like this.
  5. CyberFlux

    CyberFlux TS Member

    That's awesome, just like in my sci-fi movies!

    But one curiosity I have is why you need to activate an app to hail a pod, like, how will that even work, it homes in on your position? Why not just have a button? The questions!
  6. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    No smartphone, no bus. That'll cheer up the unemployed
  7. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 365   +113

    I assume you're not from the UK because over here people on benefits somehow can afford the essentials like the latest iPhone and sky /cable TV!
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  8. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    Lol cartera it's so true, made even worse they seem to have bigger TVs, more cars and live on the same street of you but pay nothing for the privilege. Made worse that they they claim to "earn" x amount. I'm all for a benefit system to put a roof over someones head and some food but it should be the most basic of these and you have to work and earn your way to a better standard of living.

    Anyways back on topic, isn't this just a glorified lift (elevator?) inside of being vertical it's horizontal you call it and press start (floor button) only difference is is that is costs you.
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Nah it can't nearly be as bad as some of our civilized, upstanding citizens of South Africa. Here they throw human faeces (waste) at some politicians.
  10. Or Wembley Stadium.

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