NZ Intelligent Transport Systems Co. signs US$20m deal

 
In line with a number of presentations this week at the WoodFlow 2018 event in Melbourne that looked at disruptive technologies that are having or are likely to play a major role in reshaping the wood supply chain, a NZ company has just signed a large deal to firm up their work in artificial intelligence for transport systems and autonomous vehicles.

HMI Technologies/Ohmio has announced a US$20 Million investment agreement with the Heshan Industrial City Management Committee to establish an Ohmio manufacturing plant for Autonomous Vehicles and an Artificial Intelligence Transport Research Centre in the City of Heshan, China.

The agreement was signed by Mohammed Hikmet, the founder and Chairman of HMI Technologies and its subsidiary, Ohmio Automotion Ltd, and the Deputy Director of the Heshan Industrial City Administration Committee, Wu Xiaoqing.

“This is another milestone for the success of Ohmio and another ‘vote of confidence’ in Ohmio, following the signing of the Solaseado MoU in Korea earlier in April”, Mohammed Hikmet said after signing the agreement.

“Not only will Ohmio be able to meet its mass production requirements inside and outside of China, but this investment also adds a huge boost to our existing research activities in establishing an autonomous platform solution as part of an entire ecosystem”, said Dean Zabrieszach, CEO of HMI Technologies/Ohmio.

“The agreement sets the 1st of July as a starting date. There is a lot to do ahead of us, but we are so excited to start as soon as possible”, Zabrieszach said. “While the R&D centre in New Zealand will continue to be the main one, we look forward to the Heshan centre starting as soon as possible, under the supervision of our key technology and artificial intelligence leaders in the company.”

“Whilst this is an important milestone for the company, HMI Technologies/Ohmio regard it as a first step in the process of building the company as a global autonomous vehicle manufacturer. We will continue to work with NZTE, ATEED and MFAT to secure the company base in New Zealand and Australia, and to gain a foothold in other markets such as Europe and the US”, Hikmet said.

Background Information:

HMI Technologies Ltd (HMI) – New Zealand Australian based Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) innovator HMI has been at the forefront of the ITS industry for over 15 years.

HMI has established a reputation for expertise in ITS and traffic management systems and equipment including variable message signs, speed activated signs, motorway signalling, modem/network based systems, sensors and integrated location services solutions.

Following the release of the first fleet of proof of concept vehicles in Christchurch in 2017 and trials across NZ and Australia with other partners and technologies, HMI subsequently developed their own self driving & self-learning AV technology company - Ohmio Automotion Ltd.

Ohmio Automotion Ltd based in Auckland, New Zealand is a commercial company focused on the development and deployment of Level 4+ self drive vehicles. Mohammed Hikmet is the Chairman of Ohmio Automotion and has a team which includes more than 30 developers and technical experts from around the world, nine of whom hold PhDs. Ohmio has developed what it believes to be a world-leading self-driving system. For further information visit www.ohmio.com.

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