Autonomous shuttle developer Ohmio Automotion, a subsidiary of the HMI Group, has signed an agreement in Seoul to supply 150 of its autonomous vehicles to the Korean company Southwest Coast Enterprise City Development Co Ltd (SolaSeaDo).
SolaSeaDo is in the advanced stages of securing a contract to build a large scale smart city in Korea. While the commitment depends on the firm finalising this contract, Ohmio believes that the agreement would represent the largest single deployment of autonomous shuttles in the world.
“This is a significant development for Ohmio and a major ‘vote of confidence’ in what we have developed,” said Mohammed Hikmet, the founder of HMI Group and Ohmio.
The model involved, the Ohmio LIFT, is a 20-person shuttle that can be extended to carry up to 40 people. It operates on pre-determined routes without the need for a driver, using virtual rails and guided by a range of electronic systems.
The company expects the vehicle, developed in New Zealand, to be used in a range of environments, including airports, business parks and city centres.
“The Ohmio LIFT is a wholly developed New Zealand autonomous shuttle. This commitment to source our vehicles for this Korean development is a great demonstration of what we can do in New Zealand,” said Hikmet.