Get ready for driverless cars
The pods, as they are called, are already being used at Heathrow Airport to get passengers to and from places, fast, specifically to the car park and terminals. But they rely on tracks.
The new pods, though, will have a similar appearance but will not run on tracks, so that means they are free to drive anywhere around the terminal.
BBC News has reported that each pod can carry six passengers but will require a steward to be present at all times to press the emergency button in case of a problem!
The revolutionary vehicles have been released in Greenwich but only for tests to see if they work. (They are also going to be tested in places like: Coventry, Bristol and Milton. Oh, and they’ll be driving around the O2 Stadium in London as well.)
Not everyone is impressed though. One Daily Mail reader, living in the States, commented: “I have to say that letting these vehicles loose on public roads in their current state of development is going to get people killed. Can we please use some sense here, and not be dazzled by technology which is still under development, and not ready for prime time?”
Expect to be able to book the pod using an app which will allow you to reserve a seat and specify your starting point and destination.
Over 1.5 million people have already experienced the Ultra Pod. The British firm, Westfield Cars are the makers of the new driverless car; the testing period is expected to last three months.
So, would you feel safe in an Ultra Pod?
Louie, Year 6