Testing driverless pizza delivery unit locally under consideration

Testing driverless pizza delivery unit locally under consideration

1458251717795Ministry of Transport and New Zealand Transport Agency officials are working with Domino’s to explore the possibility of testing a driverless pizza delivery unit here.

New Zealand is one of the first countries in the world under consideration for testing the autonomous delivery unit named DRU.

“DRU is an early prototype, but the fact that New Zealand is under consideration as a test site shows we have the right settings to attract innovation,” says transport minister Simon Bridges.

Bridges says supporting new technologies and encouraging innovation is a Government priority.

“Over the last 12 months, I’ve been actively and aggressively promoting New Zealand as a test bed for new transport technology trials,” says Bridges.

“Our enabling laws and regulation mean we have the ideal environment to trial all forms of technology,” he says.

“Last year we put in place a new world-class framework for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), we’ve reviewed the laws for driverless vehicles, and we are currently considering Small Passenger Services settings to put New Zealand at the forefront of transport innovation,” says Bridges.

“If successful, this driverless vehicle trial could open the door to many more commercial opportunities,” he says.

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