The First Ohmio LIFT is Revealed by Ohmio

Ohmio has unveiled its first Ohmio LIFT vehicle. The Ohmio LIFT is an autonomous shuttle built on Ohmio’s innovative flying carpet chassis design and incorporates Ohmio and HMI Technologies’ own locally developed guidance system. In addition, the body of the vehicle has been 3D printed, which makes this vehicle truly ground-breaking in terms of its design and construction.

Mohammed Hikmet, Executive Chairman of HMI and Ohmio, says he believes this is the largest 3D printed vehicle in the world to date.

“This is a fantastic achievement by our team of engineers and I am proud of them all,” Hikmet said today.

Speaking from the company’s headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand, Hikmet commented that “our small size as a company has allowed us to be agile and innovative in our design and approach to the development of this vehicle”.

The Ohmio LIFT is Ohmio’s flagship autonomous shuttle and is capable of carrying up to 20 passengers. It is a unique platform in so many ways.

The flying carpet chassis optimises space and adaptability, allowing it to potentially be deployed in a range of ways – including using it as a passenger vehicle, or as a freight vehicle. It can also be easily extended to use more than one vehicle, creating longer vehicles with even greater carrying capacity.

The autonomous guidance system developed by Ohmio is also modular and flexible, making it easier to use and adapt for different purposes, including for use indoors. One of the fantastic features of the Ohmio guidance system is the ease with which routes can be implemented and changed, allowing for more flexible and remote deployment of the vehicle.

Dean Zabrieszach, Chief Executive of HMI and Ohmio, said “this is a significant milestone for our company, one which we hope will be the first step in Ohmio becoming a major supplier of autonomous shuttles around the world. This first vehicle will be delivered to Christchurch International Airport, in the coming weeks. We are extremely grateful to Christchurch Airport for having faith in Ohmio to allow us to produce this vehicle for use at the airport and we look for expanding upon that faith in the future”.

Hikmet said “we envisage these vehicles operating as part of a larger transport ecosystem, where they may need to be easily and remotely redirected to follow different routes. As a result, we have designed a control system for Ohmio that is very adaptable and flexible.  We refer to our control system as being a level 4+ guidance system that can be further developed in the short to medium term to incorporate many more innovations”.

“And of course, the Ohmio LIFT we have built is 3D printed”, Hikmet said. “3D printed vehicles have been manufactured before, but I am not aware of one as big as this being manufactured in this way. It is another demonstration of our focus on doing things in a smart way, and breaking new ground to deliver a truly innovative, scalable and reliable product in the autonomous shuttle market”.

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Arilou of NNG group and Ohmio Announce Working Together to Secure Autonomous Buses

The agreement between the companies is a significant step in the adoption of cyber security solutions in the industry.


Budapest, Hungary - Ohmio Automotion Ltd (a subsidiary of the HMI Group) and Arilou Information Security Technologies Ltd., (part of NNG Group) concluded an agreement about deployment of cyber security solutions in a new generation of autonomous buses. As part of the agreement, Arilou will protect the in-vehicle network with the incorporation of their PIPS (Parallel Intrusion Prevention System) solution. Further on, NNG will also supply navigation solutions to the Ohmio autonomous buses.

Ohmio LIFT, a 20-person shuttle that can be extended to carry up to 40-person to operate on pre-determined routes without the need for a driver. It will provide services, similar to a tram, but with virtual rails, guided by a range of electronic systems.

Just imagine, how easy it is to tamper with the system in a vehicle that is not monitored by a driver or an owner – basically any passenger could access it, and launch malicious attacks. Arilou’s PIPS technology can effectively secure the vehicles both from remote attacks and from physical access attacks. As PIPS authenticating the ECUs, it can prevent such attacks, and thus give a peace of mind to the operators and the passengers as well” – explained David Wiernik, President of NNG. “This is why we are truly proud to be part of such an exciting project. Shared mobility platforms are on the rise, and we are confident that PIPS is the right solution in effectively securing their networks. This is a huge step in making everyday transport of the future secure.”

“Ohmio is very pleased to be partnering with Arilou and NNG on this very important and crucial initiative.  We all know that, apart from safety, the issue of cyber-security is paramount.  In fact, a hacked AV vehicle could lead to enormous safety issues”, said Dean Zabrieszach, CEO of Ohmio Automotion.  “We look forward to working with Arilou and NNG in placing their cyber-security module into our Ohmio Lift vehicles, so we can further demonstrate the power of our modular, open architecture platform. We are pleased to be world leaders in incorporating such a module into an AV vehicle to address this critical issue.”

Israel-based Arilou is the only cyber security company in the world with a portfolio of cyber security solutions that offers perfect results: 100% detection rate, 100% prevention and zero false positives with its PIPS Multilayered security approach. It is tested by OEMs and institutions as the University of Michigan Transport Research Institute (UMTRI). The company believes that with its holistic approach, and its multi-layered solutions, full protection of the vehicles can be a reality.



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HMI Technologies Ltd (HMI)

Australasian 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 signaling, modem/network based systems, sensors and integrated location services solutions.

It was based on HMI’s experience working with governments, communities and transport agencies, that the potential of autonomous vehicles and the supporting layers of infrastructure and systems became apparent. 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.  Ohmio has developed what they believe to be a world-leading self-driving system.  Ohmio has deployed to date the largest amount of autonomous buses globally that are in regular operation in various countries..


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New Zealand Company HMI Technologies/Ohmio, signs US$20 Million investment deal with Chinese city, Heshan

HMI Technologies/Ohmio announces 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.

“New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development helped HMI Technologies/Ohmio to accomplish this agreement and without them it would have been very difficult to achieve what we have achieved today”, Hikmet said.

“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.

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Largest global deal for the supply of autonomous shuttles with NZ company

Today in Seoul the New Zealand company Ohmio Automotion Ltd (a subsidiary of the HMI Group) signed an agreement to supply 150 Ohmio autonomous shuttles to the Korean company, Southwest Coast Enterprise City Development Co Ltd (SolaSeaDo).

The agreement was signed by Mohammed Hikmet, the founder of HMI Group and its’ subsidiary, Ohmio Automotion Ltd, and SolaSeaDo President Yoon, Jin Bo. SolaSeaDo is in the advanced stages of securing a contract to build a large scale smart city in Korea and will know later this year if it has secured the contract for this development.

“This is a significant development for Ohmio and a major ‘vote of confidence’ in what we have developed”, Mohammed Hikmet said from Seoul where he signed the agreement. “The Ohmio LIFT™ is a wholly developed New Zealand autonomous shuttle. This commitment to source our vehicles for this Korean development is a great demonstration of what we can do in New Zealand” Hikmet said.

“I am not aware of any other commitment to deploy as many vehicles as this one. We think this is the largest single deployment of autonomous shuttles in the world,” said Dean Zabrieszach, CEO of HMI Technologies. “Of course, we will only know if this is going to happen if SolaSeaDo finalises the contract for this development. SolaSeado is very confident about that outcome, so we are very excited by this prospect”

The Ohmio LIFT is a 20-person shuttle that can be extended to carry up to 40-person (the Ohmio LIFT XT1) to operate on pre-determined routes without the need for a driver. It will provide services, similar to a tram, but with virtual rails. It is guided by a range of electronic systems.

Ohmio has been developed by HMI in Pakuranga, Auckland and launched the first demonstration in Christchurch last September, using prototype vehicles to showcase the technology of driverless automated shuttles and the robotic technologies that underpin them.

“These first vehicles were to show we had developed the know-how to build an autonomous vehicle. Since then we have been developing the Ohmio LIFT, a vehicle that we expect will be used in a range of environments such as airports, business parks and central city areas. We were proud to have made our first sale to Christchurch International Airport in March”, Hikmet said.

Hikmet said that there is a lot of international interest in Ohmio, having recently met with potential investors and customers in Asia and North America. “I am very excited by the strong level of interest we have had in both the USA and Asia. I expect this arrangement with SolaSeaDo will be the first of many to come”, Hikmet said.

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