NZ ITS innovation promoted

New Zealand will be promoted as a testing bed for new technology at the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress this week.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges

Transport Minister Simon Bridges

Transport minister Simon Bridges is in Melbourne for the conference on October 10 to 12.

He will take part in technology demonstrations, plus bilateral meetings with transport leaders and groups from around the world.

“This summit brings together thinkers and entrepreneurs at the leading-edge of new transport technologies. I’ll be leading a delegation of public and private sector representatives that will showcase the innovative work taking place in New Zealand,” Bridges says.

“Fast-developing ITS technologies, such as connected and autonomous vehicles, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have great potential to contribute towards safer and more efficient transport systems.

“To ensure we can realise these benefits, testing and trialling opportunities are needed to help us understand how new technologies will work in different environments, and what we’re going to need to do to get ready for them,” Bridges says.

New Zealand offers a fantastic testing environment for many ITS technologies, he says.

“We want to send a very clear message during this World Congress that we are open for business.”

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