On Thursday 26th January, the NAVYA ARMA comes into service at the Christchurch Airport. During the opening ceremony, the keys partners, HMI Technologies and Christchurch International Airport Limited, presented the self-driving shuttle to the Press and explain the purpose of the trial. The event is the start of New Zealand’s first on-road research trial of driverless vehicle technology.
The key partners in the trials are New Zealand’s leading intelligent transport system (ITS) provider, HMI Technologies, and Christchurch International Airport Limited. The trials are carried out at Christchurch Airport, initially in a closed area of road available on the airport campus. Trials are expected on public roads, under controlled arrangements.
This trial has been welcomed by Simon Bridges, transport minister of New Zealand, who declared “Our supportive regulation around testing autonomous vehicles, enabling new technology to be tested while protecting public safety, has helped make this trial possible. Autonomous vehicles are an important part of the future of transport and offer potential safety, efficiency and environmental benefits”.