Christchurch Airport to add new locally-built self-driving bus to its trial of fully autonomous vehicles

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09 April 2018

Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand will add a new locally-built self-driving bus to its trial of fully autonomous vehicles on the roads and car parks surrounding the airport. The ohmio Lift has been designed to operate on repetitive routes, with mapping and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities that enable it to learn its course and improve performance. Multiple ohmio vehicles can also ‘platoon’ to form a connected convoy, making the ohmio vehicles as scalable and efficient as a tram system. Stephen Matthews, CEO of Ohmio Automation, said: “We are very excited to partner with Christchurch Airport. Its vision to realise the future allows us to demonstrate ohmio vehicles successfully operating as a first-mile/last-mile strategy in the airport context.” Michael Singleton, general manager corporate affairs at Christchurch Airport, commented: “Collaborating with ohmio means we have a technology partner and producer which is able to take the lessons from the trial to date and then adapt and enhance the vehicle to New Zealand needs. The focus of the trial remains on autonomy rather than a particular vehicle, and we look forward to continuing to explore how autonomous shuttles might play a part in our future at our airport.”

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