Milton Keynes getting ahead of us

johnboy 30 October 2013 4

Canberra is oft compared to the UK’s Milton Keynes (over planned and badly planned, sterile, lots of roundabouts).

So it is with considerable distress I read in The Register that MK is getting roboting transport pods:

Milton Keynes will play host to a fleet of smartphone-controlled driverless pods powered by electric motors and gunning around the town at 12mph.

A hundred of the wee pods, which will only have enough space for two passengers and some luggage, will start rolling around the blocky Midlands town in 2015, whizzing between the central train station, the shopping centre and office blocks a mile away.

Travellers will be charged £2 per journey and will be able to hail the cars off the street or book one to a certain location using their mobiles.

The pods will have an electric motor in each wheel and will use a combination of high-definition cameras and sensors to navigate around obstacles like buildings, roadworks and people. The cars will have their own lane to start out with, but once they’ve proven themselves, they’ll be able to travel on the same paths as pedestrians.

Are we really content to let the soapdodgers steal a march on us like this?

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4 Responses to Milton Keynes getting ahead of us
magiccar9 magiccar9 12:57 pm 30 Oct 13

goggles13 said :

I thought the only thing that Canberra/Queanbeyan had in common with Milton Keynes was Mark Webber

Good pickup my friend. I bet though it won’t make any sense to those who aren’t educated in the motorsport genre.

goggles13 goggles13 11:21 am 30 Oct 13

I thought the only thing that Canberra/Queanbeyan had in common with Milton Keynes was Mark Webber

davo101 davo101 9:57 am 30 Oct 13

12 mph, wow that’s almost as fast as I ride my bicycle. Sounds remarkable like an amusement park ride to me.

HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 9:28 am 30 Oct 13

Very nice, but here in Maynard Friedman, the preference is for soy-latte controlled bicycles and idiot-controlled cars – which provide the endless mirth of bad parking Mondays- yowza!

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