Autonomous Vehicles Symposium – is NZ future-ready?

Starts:  Mar 16, 2020 11:30 AM (NZST)
Ends:  Mar 17, 2020 3:30 PM (NZST)
Associated with  New Zealand

About this Symposium

It is predicted that autonomous vehicles (AVs) will start to appear on our roads in the next 10 to 20 years, so attend this Symposium and you will be able to take the lead and assist your organisation in preparing NZ for these vehicles.  

Trials with AVs (also called driverless vehicles) are being held in NZ and around the world. It is predicted that the impacts of AVs will be significant when they become common and affordable, in the 2040s to 2050s, ie within the 30 year planning period of many organisations. 

So now is the time to start planning for the future.

The Discussion

How do AVs work? What infrastructure is needed for AVs? What impact will the implementation of AVs have on land use? What is happening around the world in the development of AVs?

This Symposium is exploring the possibility of a site visit to Christchurch Airport to view the operation of an AV shuttle and hear about the trials of this shuttle from the operator. 


We are proud to partner with the Ministry of Transport and A&NZ Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) to deliver this event.

Who should attend

Infrastructure* Engineers and Managers, Land Use Planners, Regulatory Planners, Policy Planners, Policy Managers and Analysts, Transport Operators, Emergency Services, Landscape Architects, etc from across local government, central government, consultants, contractors, service providers and suppliers.

* Infrastructure includes roading, 3 waters, electricity and telecommunications – particularly digital communications.

Benefits of attending

AVs are going to make far reaching changes to transport and land use in NZ (and around the world). Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from thought-leaders in this space, to understand AVs and their impacts, so that you can guide your organisation in planning for these changes. 


Day 1

11:30am: Registrations open
12:30pm: Lunch
2-5pm: First Session
7pm: Dinner

Day 2

9:00am: First session
12:30pm: Lunch
2:00pm: Second Session (TBC)
3:00pm: Afternoon tea (TBC)


The brand new Novotel at Christchurch airport. With several places to eat and meet, and our AV site visit, on site at the airport, you won’t even need a taxi!


Delegates who wish to say at Novotel Christchurch Airport are entitled to a 15% discount.

How to make a reservation:

  1. Ring reservations on +64 3 357 6617
  2. Quote code: IPWEA160320 (This entitles you to a 15% discount on flexible rate of the day)
  3. Credit card details are required to make a reservation. Guests have up until 24 hours prior to the day of arrival to change or cancel the booking free of charge.

Please note: IPWEA NZ recommends booking flexible travel arrangements in the unlikely event of symposium date being postponed.


  • Members: $490.50 +GST
  • Non-members: $545.00 +GST
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Novotel - Christchurch International Airport
30 Durey Road
Christchurch, NZ


Jodie O’Doherty
4472 2389