Aurrigo, the autonomous vehicle division of RDM Group, announced an increase in demand for its driverless pods following the completion of major trials in the UK and Australia, which were conducted in order to prove that its technology can deliver safe and efficient first- and last-mile transport solutions.

Sales have come from customers in Australia, Canada, Finland, Singapore, and the U.S., with the latest deal seeing one of its Pod Zeros heading to China.

This growth takes its annual sales up to £4.2m and, with future orders the company says are in place, the company is predicting a further £6m of contracts between now and the end of 2020.

David Keene, Chief Executive of Aurrigo, commented, “Our Pod Zeros have been in development for several years and, thanks to trials with UK Autodrive, Blind Veterans UK, and Elliot Gardens in Australia, we have been able to refine the autonomous technology on real-world applications.

“This has helped us prove to potential customers across the globe that we offer a viable, safe, and cost-effective solution for first- and last-mile transport issues, and our pods are now in operation at universities, airports, and innovation districts. There has even been talk about putting one of them into a shopping center in the Middle East.”

The company’s Pod Zero seats four people and travels at a maximum speed of 15 mph (24 km/h) off road and will run for 60 miles (96 km) on a single charge. Customers can buy the full autonomous pod or just purchase the platform and then fit their own autonomous control system.

Said Keene, “At the last count we’ve got 30 pods operational across the world, and this number could double in 2020. We’re now looking at applying our solutions to other applications, most noticeably a 12-seater autonomous shuttle in Cambridge and the world’s first autonomous luggage dolly, which is currently being trialed at Terminal 5, Heathrow.”