New self-driving firm to produce vehicles in New Zealand

Intelligent transport systems company HMI Technologies has launched a new subsidiary, Ohmio Automotion, that will design, build and support self-driving and connected vehicles.

The new subsidiary was launched at an event in Christchurch, where it was confirmed that Ohmio plans to begin production of its self-driving vehicles in New Zealand.

The firm’s electric Ohmio Hop shuttles are connected and autonomous vehicles, sharing information with each other to allow them to move more efficiently and safely in a platooning formation.

The company plans to produce a range of four models in the next 12 months, ranging in size from small to large shuttles and light commercial vehicles.

Each vehicle will be built around the technology developed by parent company HMI Technologies, which is already working with Christchurch Airport on New Zealand’s first on-road driverless research trial, using a fully autonomous, electric shuttle.