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Ideas bank

Several aspects or trends towards future transport are described here. This collection is not intended to represent New Zealand Government policy. Instead, it is a collection of videos and articles that may spark your own thinking.

These are a just few possible topics for your project.

Your narrative or game for the Future Transport Competition can be about any aspect of future transport that is important to you, your friends, family, whānau or community.

Walking and cycling

Investment in New Zealand’s cycleway network is up, and people are interested in the walkability of places where we live. What challenges and opportunities are there for the future of active transport?

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Urban Cycleways Programme

In 2014, the Prime Minister announced $100 million additional funding for the Urban Cycleways Programme.

Cycling & Walking Journey Planner

This planner helps make cycling and walking even more convenient by providing you with straight forward directions along a direct route from A to B.

How Cambridge's glow in the dark path is created

This glowing 'starpath' was developed by Surrey-based firm Pro-Teq Surfacing and is being trialled in Cambridge in the hope it could help reduce the need for street lighting.

- Te Ara Mua - Future Streets

The project involves making changes to some of the roads and connections in Mãngere Central and introducing other activities to promote walking and cycling. We are going to make local trips across Mãngere Central safer and easier.

This Really Might Be the Nicest Bike-Share System in the United States

A Twin Cities-based service based on Minnesota values is embraced by an unexpectedly robust marketplace.

Home - nextbike Christchurch

The Spark bikes are a new transport option for the Christchurch CBD. Thanks to Spark the first 30 minutes of every ride are free.

Electric vehicles

More and more vehicles might be powered by electric motors instead of petrol or diesel engines. What would that mean for New Zealand and for your life?

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Looking into buying an electric vehicle? Did you know an electric car costs the equivalent of only 30c a litre to run? Discover the info and tips you need.

Electric vehicles | Ministry of Transport

On 5 May 2016 the Government announced its Electric Vehicles Programme, which aims to increase the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand. The package also aims to develop the electric vehicle market in New Zealand, and the supporting infrastructure for that market.

Electric Highway

The Electric Highway has partnered with PlugShare to bring you New Zealand's best source of electric vehicle charging station information.

Driverless vehicles

Computer technology is inside prototype vehicles with automated controls. The ultimate aim is a future of driverless cars and trucks.

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Autonomous including driverless vehicles

There have been rapid advances in vehicle technology, with an increased use of sensors and faster computer processing in vehicles. These developments have enabled ever-increasing levels of functions to be controlled by the vehicle, rather than the driver.

Public transport and trucking fleets are likely to lead the self-driving vehicle transport revolution

Autonomous vehicles have attracted a lot of hype, although when they'll appear on the market remains hazy. Volkswagen expects this to happen as early as 2019; other commentators predict the mid-2020s.

The complete timeline to self-driving cars

Self-driving cars are coming. The question is when and how.

5 Things That Give Self-Driving Cars Headaches

Fully automated cars don't drink and drive, fall asleep at the wheel, text, talk on the phone or put on makeup while driving. But there is something self-driving cars do not yet deal with very well - the unexpected.

A Stanford Professor's Quest to Fix Driverless Cars' Major Flaw

It's nothing more than a dune buggy on a cordoned-off street but it's headed for trouble. A jumble of sawhorses and traffic' cones simulates a road crew working over a manhole and the driverless car has to make a decision -- obey the law against crossing a double-yellow line or break the law and spare the crew.



Future public transport

In New Zealand and around the world, new public transport routes and technology are underway to help people and goods get to their destination. Here is more information about projects being built or proposed, plus a few amazing things that we included for fun.

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Light rail

Auckland Transport is investigating light rail as a way to relieve traffic congestion in central Auckland. Find out more at

Trolley bus jumps wires, gets electric revamp to get a new lease on life

The company runs the trolley network that ends mid-2017, and will convert its 57 trolley buses to a hybrid system by Wrightspeed - the company started by Tesla co-founder Ian Wright.

Connected vehicles and mobility as a service

How we travel could change as cars and transport providers connect to the internet and share data. Possibilities include Mobility as a Service, which lets you order up everything from taxis to bikes to buses via a phone app.

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The Future of Data and Intelligence in Transport | Ministry of Transport

In the future the amount of data available will be more than we humans can comprehend which is why we will increasingly use technology to analyse and think for us, and help us plan.

Traffic and travel information | NZ Transport Agency

Get real-time information about any road, travel and traffic conditions that are likely to affect your journey.

The True Future of Transportation Has Two Big Barriers to Entry

Open data and smart devices will be the cornerstones of tomorrow's urban mobility.

Would You Take $100 a Month to Give Up Your Car?

The American Dream used to be a two-car garage. However, an increasingly city-centric population has created a surge in public transit usage across the US.


The earthquake of November 14, 2016 affected the lives of many people. The impact included many slips that have blocked State Highway 1 along the Kaikoura coastline. Ensuring New Zealand’s transport networks are resilient in the face of natural disasters and other shocks is a priority now and into the future.

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Travel information for Canterbury and Marlborough regions

Road access is restored to Kaikoura. The Inland Route 70 is now open and State Highway 1 to the south of the seaside town is open with restrictions. The Inland Route, between Waiau and Kaikoura, is now open 24/7 with unrestricted access both ways.

Technology: Karapiro Viaduct - Education Portal

The columns rest on large concrete pads on the ground, but the bridge doesn't stop there. It is supported on piled foundations which go deep into the ground. The deepest piles go 55 metres underground. A large crane whacked the piles into the ground with a giant hammer.

Resilience project

The Resilience Project was established to strengthen the resilience of the state highway network - increasing network availability, reducing response times, and improving the overall experience for users of our highways. Our aim is to ensure that we are on top of resilience by the middle of 2017.

Network resilience

A resilient transport network helps the Transport Agency to be responsive to unforeseen events and provides customers with confidence that they will be able to undertake their journeys in a timely manner. Managing resilience involves targeting the risk of anticipated disruption on the network.

Road Safety

New Zealand has a road safety strategy, Safer Journeys, which envisions a road system increasingly free of death and serious injury. How can we share our roads safely in the future?

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Home - Safer Journeys

Safer Journeys is the government's strategy to guide improvements in road safety over the period 2010 to 2020. The strategy's vision is a safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury and introduces the Safe System approach to New Zealand.

RoadSafety Risk NZ

The roading network data held on this website has been developed as part of Safer Journeys, New Zealand's road safety strategy to 2020. Urban KiwiRAP contributes to the Safe System goal of improving the safety of roads and roadsides to reduce the likelihood of crashes occurring and to minimise the consequences of crashes if they do occur.

The Future of Road Safety | Ministry of Transport

We are on the cusp of a technological revolution that will bring far greater road safety benefits than seatbelts and airbags combined. We envisage that annual road deaths will drop drastically as a result.

Become a great kiwi driver | Drive

Learning to drive? We've got free video lessons, games and quizzes that will help you learn the rules, pass your test and become a great kiwi driver.

Virtual travel

This includes Google Earth, video calls and virtual reality. New technologies enable us to connect with others and explore new places without leaving home. What opportunities and challenges do you see for the future of virtual travel?

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What is Virtual Reality? - Virtual Reality

The definition of virtual reality comes, naturally, from the definitions for both 'virtual' and 'reality'. The definition of 'virtual' is near and reality is what we experience as human beings. So the term 'virtual reality' basically means 'near-reality'. This could, of course, mean anything but it usually refers to a specific type of reality emulation.

VR Travel: 10 Ways To See the World From Your Living Room

World Travel can be expensive. But you can experience exotic locales in immersive virtual reality for little or no cost at all. With Samsung Gear ($99) or Google Cardboard ($8), any iPhone or Android smartphone can be turned into a virtual reality device.

Facebook shows how it's gonna make virtual reality social

The time for games is over -- virtual reality is getting social. The platform, once dominated by immersive games, is about to get taken over by social networks, with Facebook leading the charge. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed off live VR chat using the Oculus Rift on Thursday, with his own Justin Timberlake look-a-like avatar.

Virtual Reality Takes On the Videoconference

With equipment for virtual-reality viewing now on the consumer market, public tech companies and venture capitalists are exploring possible applications in everything from videogames to medicine. And some are betting that virtual-reality headsets could be the next big thing in business-meeting software, upending the dreaded videoconference call.