Leading-edge technology developed in Christchurch showcased at expo
A future of self-driving vehicles and flying cars is at Christchurch's fingertips.
The Christchurch City Council's Smart Christchurch programme is hosting its third innovation and technology expo that will showcase leading-edge technology being developed in the city.
Programme manager Michael Healy said Christchurch was a leader in innovation and technology and the expo provided a platform to showcase what was being developed in the city.
"We have a lot of local companies who do well overseas but their successes are not really well known. People will get the chance to learn more about things coming to town and see the technology of tomorrow, today."
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When the expo started in 2017, there were 10 exhibits and only involved council and elected members. In 2018, they opened the expo to outside exhibitors, attracting 20. This year, they changed the venue to the Town Hall and had 40 exhibitors, he said.
"We have got a wide range of exhibits and are going to have a panel session through the day with industry experts covering the topics of 5G, Future Transport, and NZ Smart Cities."
Technology on display included Christchurch Airport's autonomous vehicle, a Tesla Model S, Yoogo electric cars, YikeBikes, electric scooters and 'X-ray' – a fully functional cut-in-half Nissan Leaf electric car.
Innovators included WikiHouse, which had created a digitally manufactured building system that helped anyone to design, manufacture and assemble high-performance customised homes.
Citycare would also present a sensor demo rig which provides real-time measurements of critical water quality contaminations, from traces of bacteria to turbidity.
Technology such as 5G, a panel topic, would enable technology to be developed that was currently limited by connectivity, he said.
"If you think about how the United States airforce control pilotless drones across the planet ... ultimately you could have robots doing surgery being controlled by experts on the other side of the world. That's an extreme and could be decades away, but the connectivity and speed enables that potential."
The Smart Christchurch Innovation Expo will be held at the Christchurch Town Hall on Monday from 10am to 5pm. For more information visit Smart Christchurch.