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New Zealand China Council

Mohammed Hikmet: Taking autonomous vehicles to the world!

November 13, 2020

Pakuranga, an eastern suburb in Auckland, is probably not the first place you’d expect to find a disruptive technology business. This is, however, exactly where you find HMI Technology’s bustling head office. HMI’s autonomous vehicle Ohmio is designed in NZ, manufactured in China, and exported to a range of international markets.

In this podcast, you will hear HMI’s founder and Executive Chairman Mohammed Hikmet describe the challenges and opportunities presented by autonomous vehicles. Mohammed explains HMI’s longstanding connection to China, including his experience initially owning a factory which manufactures dynamic electronic signs, to now constructing a new 8,000 sqm custom facility to produce autonomous vehicles. Mohammed also sets out the environment needed to enable him to grow his business internationally, describes how his team works across markets, and articulates the advantages of being a New Zealand owned business.

Timestamps

01:06 What led HMI to start manufacturing autonomous vehicles?
02:31 Unique features of autonomous vehicles
06:02 Personalising your journey with autonomous vehicles
08:52 Why HMI started manufacturing in China
11:52 HMI’s approach to IP protection
14:37 Future markets for autonomous vehicles
15:40 The platform and ecosystem needed for autonomous vehicles
17:34 HMI’s ‘one team’ approach to design, R&D and manufacturing
21:34 China’s ecosystem for the development of autonomous vehicles
22:57 Advantages of being a New Zealand owned business
26:12 Manufacturing in China
28:37 Mohammed’s advice for Kiwi entrepreneurs
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