Screw Fast Company for calling Heathrow Airport’s new driverless taxis “creepy.” They are in fact awesome: fast, immune to accidents and traffic jams, and using much thinner roads. And driverless, so you don’t have to spend 15 minutes agreeing with the cabbie’s opinions regarding immigration.
The four-passenger personal rapid transport (PRT) vehicles, unveiled this week at the Science Museum in London, take airport-goers on a special narrow road from Heathrow’s Terminal 5 to various parking lots. Passengers use a touch screen to type in their destination, press a start button, and the battery-powered vehicle zips along at 25 mph to their destination. There’s a reason the pods look so futuristic–they were designed by Mark Lowson, who worked on the Saturn Rocket that launched Apollo missions.
Now, how about some Total Recall quotes, people?