Christchurch's autonomous vehicle trial is changing up a gear
with today's introduction of New Zealand's first Smart Shuttle.
The second stage of the ongoing Autonomous Vehicle (AV) trial on
private roads at Christchurch Airport will now centre on the new
vehicle, which went public today at the airport.
Chief Executive Malcolm Johns says it's time to ride the
"This vehicle has been produced by our trial partner Ohmio," Mr
Johns says. "It is autonomous, electric and parts of it have been
"The Kiwi Smart Shuttle can carry up to 15 adults, so may offer
more possible uses for us across our campus in future. In the
meantime, we will continue testing and learning to understand its
Mr Johns says a small number of interested parties are invited
to see the new vehicle unveiled, and members of the public are also
invited to take a ride over the next week.