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While robotic vehicles out on the open road move forward in prototype form, a system of driverless electric podcars with dedicated tracks is now operational at London's Heathrow Airport. The system, which has been operating on a trial basis since April of 2011 and is entering regularly scheduled service this summer, connects Heathrow's Terminal 5 with two stations in parking lots 1.2 miles away.

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London's Heathrow airport is already one of the largest and busiest airports in the world, but authorities are looking to expand. Of course, there is ample opposition to the airport's plan to add a third major runway, some of it coming from celebrities like Emma Thompson, who says, "I don't understand how any government remotely serious about committing to reversing climate change can even consider these ridiculous plans."

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