RDM Group’s growing reputation as a leading figure in the development of driverless vehicles has seen its CEO named in the Power 250 for a major regional business publication.

David Keene, who started the business at his home 23 years ago, was named as one of the ‘Top Ten’ most influential manufacturing figures in the West Midlands by the Birmingham Post.

The automotive engineer joins illustrious company in the form of Lord Bamford (JCB) Stewart Towe (Hadley Industries) and Mark Selway of IMI.

“This came as a massive surprise to me and everyone at the business. You don’t expect a SME like RDM to be included in such a prestigious list,” explained David, who also sits on the Automotive Council and Niche Vehicle Network.

“We have certainly made some headlines in the last eighteen months with our involvement in ‘Lutz’, designing and delivering the UK’s first driverless vehicle to Milton Keynes.”

He continued: “It goes to show that an innovative SME with vision can have a big say on the way new technology – that will change the world – is brought to market.

“The recognition might say David Keene, but it has been a real team effort, with everyone going past the call of duty to meet deadlines and ensure the rest of the business is still performing.”

RDM Group, which employs 56 people at its facility in Coventry, is currently in discussions with a number of international partners on taking its driverless knowledge global.

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