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Self-driving shuttle system tests in Auckland ´smart village´

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

Demand transport via self-driving shuttles is being tested at Paerata Rise, the largest housing development currently under construction in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Paerata Rise is said to become the most modern town in the region through high-tech collaboration. It will be New Zealand's first community based private mobile network.

Think Robotics, Dense Air and Ohmio have partnered to develop and build a system that will provide on demand transport to future residents of Paerata Rise via a smartphone app. 

Both the network and the technology it will power are set to go live in 2021.

Chris Johnston, Executive Director for Paerata Rise, said: "Our goal is to be one of the most desirable places to live in Auckland and becoming a Smart Village is an extension of this. It means we are able to offer the utmost connection to our residents through a private network, and the most cutting-edge technologies."

Throughout the current test phase, those working on the Smart Village project will utilise the small cell network deployed by Dense Air to trial different types of electronic methods and sensors to collect data and continue on-road trials of the autonomous shuttle - which arrived onsite in October and can be seen in action at Paerata Rise.

The self-driving shuttle system is a key element to the state-of-the-art lifestyle Paerata Rise and it will offer residents an improved access between facilities such as park and ride spaces, and the Paerata train station which is in plans to be developed.