The West Midlands may seem an unlikely home for the world’s most advanced autonomous vehicle technology, but hi-tech engineering firm RDM has put it on the map.
The business has built a self-driving pod, which is currently used for carrying people and cargo short distances in city centres, and helping those with mobility issues.
It has customers as far afield as Australia and governments around the world are vying to use its technology to help their citizens, while retail giants are eyeing up the technology to transport goods around their vast warehouses.
"This industry is hotting up, and it's hard to keep up with all the enquiries coming in worldwide," says RDM boss David Keene. "By the end of this year, we'll have autonomous cars out on the roads and we're already looking at new applications, like vehicles to go into hazardous areas."Backing Business Ambition 2017