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Christchurch Botanic Gardens trials driverless shuttle

Christchurch Botanic Gardens trials driverless shuttle
February 15, 2020

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens is trialling New Zealand’s first Smart Shuttle – offering the public a free ride this weekend (15th- 16th February).

The Ohmio Lift shuttle, owned by Christchurch Airport and developed in partnership with Ohmio Automotion Limited has been undergoing testing on private roads around the airport.

Christchurch Airport Chief Executive Malcolm Johns advises “Christchurch Airport’s ongoing autonomous vehicle trial with trial partner Ohmio saw the transition a few months ago to New Zealand’s first Smart Shuttle. This Kiwi-made vehicle is autonomous, electric, 3D printed and can carry up to 15 people.”

Johns added “We believe the potential benefits of autonomous shuttles are exciting and are pleased to be able put the Smart Shuttle in the centre of the city to continue our learning about people’s interactions with an autonomous vehicle.

“It’s an exciting time to ride the future, and we hope many of the city’s residents and visitors take the opportunity to take a ride without a driver.’’

Christchurch City Council has supported development of the driverless shuttle by giving Ohmio Automotion Ltd a grant of $50,000 from its Innovation and Sustainability Fund.

Mohammed Hikmet, Chairman of Ohmio Automotion commented “we really appreciate the support and opportunity the Christchurch City Council has given us to showcase the great work we have been doing with Christchurch Airport.”

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