Next time you’re in Bristol, Coventry, Greenwich or Milton Keynes, look out for these futuristic pod-like vehicles driving about.
Because they’ll be coming to a street near you very soon.
The first driverless cars to be tested in the UK will resemble the electric passenger shuttles in use at Heathrow Airport.
The UltraPODs, as they have been called, are currently being adapted for use on the roads and though their exact design hasn’t been revealed, it has been confirmed that they will not run on dedicated tracks.
The cars and public reaction to them will be tested in four places, Bristol, Coventry, Greenwich and Milton Keynes, and the first seven will be tested around the Greenwich Peninsula from July.
These are likely to include residential areas, the North Greenwich underground station and businesses around the O2 arena.
Each pod can carry up to six passengers but will require a steward to be present at all times in case of an emergency.
The £8m project is jointly funded by government agency Innovate UK and industry.