Free driverless smart shuttle to offer Botanic Gardens tours

Head to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens this weekend for a free ride in a Smart Shuttle. Photo:...
Head to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens this weekend for a free ride in a Smart Shuttle. Photo: Newsline/CCC
You can get a free ride around one of Christchurch's most iconic attractions in a new driverless vehicle this weekend.

The Ohmio Lift smart shuttle will be launched at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens on Saturday and Sunday. 

It has been undergoing testing on private roads around Christchurch Airport but will be operating at the gardens between 9.30am and 6.30pm.

"This Kiwi-made vehicle is autonomous, electric, 3D printed and can carry up to 15 people,’’ said airport chief executive Malcolm Johns.

People will be able to take free rides on the shuttle from the old Tea Kiosk, next to the children’s paddling pools and playground.

“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,’’ Mr Johns said.

“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 supported the development of the driverless shuttle with a $50,000 grant from its innovation and sustainability fund.



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