Autonomous breakthrough sees RDM scoop business award

Posted on 30 Jun 2015 by Jonny Williamson

Bringing driverless vehicles to UK pavements has helped RDM Group beat off the challenge of tens of companies to secure one of the major Coventry Telegraph Business Awards.

The ambitious firm – which is on course to hit £10m sales this year – was named as the best Technology and Digital business in the region last week in front of over 300 guests at the Ricoh Arena.

David Keene, chairman, RDM Group
David Keene, chairman, RDM Group.

Judges praised the specialist manufacturer for its role in designing and building the new Lutz autonomous vehicles that will shortly be put into operation on the pathways of Milton Keynes.

The project – backed by the Transport Systems Catapult – has created six new jobs at the Bilton Industrial Estate firm and will help bring driverless vehicles to reality.

The electric powered pods can seat two people, reach a maximum speed of 12 mph and boast a range of 40 miles.

Chairman of RDM Group, David Keene was delighted with the award: “Our work on Lutz has been putting Coventry on the global map for innovation and design so we are delighted to have been recognised for our efforts by our home City.

“The more we can shout about the manufacturing expertise we have in this area the better, and we will use the award to reinforce this message when dealing with customers in the UK and across the world.”

Keene concluded: “It’s also great for our staff. They have worked a lot of hours and gone over and above their job roles to ensure we are on course to meet our growth plans and, importantly, deliver the driverless vehicle pods to Milton Keynes on time.”

RDM Group has recently been announced as one of the consortium charged with delivering the £19.2m three-year UK Autodrive programme, which will deliver a programme of feasibility studies and practical demonstrations of autonomous vehicles in Milton Keynes and Coventry.