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Volvo to have an autonomous vehicle on New Zealand roads within months
Posted on 6-Sep-2016 09:12 | Tags Filed under: News


The country’s first official demonstration of an autonomous driving vehicle using New Zealand roads is set to take place within months.
 
The New Zealand Traffic Institute (Trafinz), Volvo, New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Ministry of Transport have come together to show how an autonomous vehicle will handle New Zealand’s road conditions.
 
Car manufacturer Volvo will demonstrate the technology on a 10-15km stretch of public road in Tauranga as part of the national Trafinz transport conference.
 
Volvo NZ national manager Coby Duggan says the vehicle will self drive using sophisticated technology to navigate the road - with driver interaction only required at the halfway point of the trip. Duggan says the demonstration will take place in a ‘real world’ environment with other motorists. 
 
Anders Eugensson, a visiting expert from Volvo’s Swedish headquarters, says the technology offers significant benefits for New Zealanders who commute daily or who are travelling between cities. “Our research shows around nine in every ten crashes have a driver causation error component and the reality is, self driving cars simply do not get distracted. We believe this technology will greatly reduce the number of collisions on New Zealand roads while also improving efficiency,” he says.
 
Eugensson says autonomous driving (AD) will also help reduce congestion on our roads and improve productivity by reducing the daily commute stresses for workers and intercity travellers.
 
John Goettler the Vice President of the New Zealand Local Authority Traffic Institute (Trafinz) says the technology has real applications for the future of transport within the New Zealand roading network. “This demonstration is a significant first milestone towards the introduction of self-drive vehicles to enhance road safety and productivity in New Zealand. 
 
New Zealand is an ideal location for the demonstration because of our world-leading regulatory environment, which encourages trialling and demonstrations of new technology such as autonomous vehicles, while protecting the safety of all road users.
 
As the volume of these vehicles grows we also need to turn our attention to the creation of smart highways and motorways, to obtain the real benefits of safer, more efficient, people focused and less congested travel,” says Goettler.
 
The demonstration is expected to take place on November 18 once planning and approvals for NZTA regulatory requirements have been completed.






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