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New Zealand in Running for Autonomous Pizza Delivery Vehicles

March 29, 2016

The New Zealand Government said it is working with Domino’s to explore the possibility of testing a driverless pizza delivery unit in New Zealand.

New Zealand is one of the first countries in the world being considered for testing the autonomous pizza delivery unit named DRU, according to the government.

“This is an exciting opportunity for New Zealand. DRU is an early prototype, but the fact that New Zealand is being considered as a test site shows we have the right settings to attract innovation,” said Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

He added that 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. Our enabling laws and regulation means we have the ideal environment to trial all forms of technology,” said Bridges. “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 reviewing Small Passenger Services settings to put New Zealand at the forefront of transport innovation. If successful, this driverless vehicle trial could open the door to many more commercial opportunities.”

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