Dean welcomes new bluetooth technology trial for South Canterbury and Central Otago

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said a new Bluetooth technology trial, which would deliver audio safety messages to rental car drivers was a significant road safety boost for the South Canterbury and Central Otago areas.

Announced today, by Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss, it will be in place along the Christchurch to Wanaka route, from Geraldine, through the Mackenzie Country, to Tekapo, Aoraki/Mount Cook, and Wanaka.

“It will see safety messages sent from roadside transmitters, via Bluetooth, to devices fitted in rental vehicles, as tourists move along the road.

“This popular tourist route has been the scene of many horrific road accidents and I welcome anything that can be done to make this drive safer for visitors and locals alike.

“I believe this technology has the potential to improve road safety outcomes in remote locations, which are draw-cards for many overseas visitors and is a positive step forward in the on-going push to keep our roads safe.

“The messages relayed range from safety reminders about road conditions and New Zealand road rules, to suggestions about good places to break the journey and travel times to the next destination and will be very relevant to those new to our roads.

“The trial will run from 2 July along key routes between Christchurch and Queenstown with GO Rentals customers who volunteer to take part and if successful may continue along the route and be implemented in other parts of New Zealand.

“Up to 50 devices, capable of receiving more than 70 safety and real-time messages along both directions of the route, will be installed in GO Rental vehicles.”

Mrs Dean said the trial was being run by the NZ Transport Agency, in partnership with HMI Technologies and GO Rentals. It would see safety messages sent from roadside transmitters, via Bluetooth, to devices fitted in rental vehicles.



Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru