Two electric cars at Heathrow Airport

Pods at Terminal 5 awaiting passengers

Passengers requesting pods at Terminal 5

Pods traveling along dedicated roadway

A pod on a roadway at Healthrow Airport

Pods operating in snow

A pod operating in snow

Autonomous cars aren't the future--they're already here and in use in London. Heathrow Airport swapped two diesel buses for 22 electric pods that shuttle passengers from Terminal 5 to the parking lot without the help of a driver.
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Each electric pod can carry up to four passengers and their luggage.
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At the terminal, passengers request a pod and enter their destination to tell the pod where they want to go.
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In the pod, passengers don't have to worry about traffic or the pod's ability to navigate around cars because they travel on designated roadways, and it takes about 5-6 minutes to travel approximately 1.2 miles to the T5 Business Car Park.
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The autonomous vehicles, made by Ultra PRT, have yet to be in an accident, according to an article in The New York Times.
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They operate at a top speed of around 25 mph, and can handle light snow.
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Because the electric vehicles operate only when needed, they're more energy-efficient than the pair of diesel buses that formerly looped the airport, stopping at every drop-off point regardless of the passenger load.
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