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Yes – you read this correctly. Milton Keynes in Bucks will pilot driverless cars in 2015 – the first ever seen on Britain’s streets.

The vehicles will run between the station and city centre shops, servicing offices between the two points.

The 100 electric pod devices will travel along special lanes on the pavement at up to 12mph. These dedicated areas may be removed if the pilot goes well.

Each pod can carry two people plus luggage and will cost just £2 a ride. The vehicles will have integrated sensors to ensure that they avoid collisions with objects, including pedestrians! London Heathrow airport introduced a similar system in May 2011 involving 21 pods running on dedicated tracks. The Milton Keynes pilot is therefore much bigger and more ambitious.

Electric Vehicle News reports that the pilot will begin in 2015 with expansion over the following two years. The scheme will run until 2020, costing £65million. It has the full support of Business Secretary Vince Cable and Higher Education minister David Willets.

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