Local Motors by LM Industries Group, Inc. is launching a fleet challenge for its co-created, self-driving electric Olli shuttle in Washington and Oregon, asking “What would you do with a fleet of autonomous shuttles?” The company, which focuses on low-volume manufacturing – including 3D-printing – of open-source vehicle designs from distributed “microfactories,” is opening the challenge to cities, developers, businesses and other public or private organizations that want the opportunity to test a fleet of Olli for their desired use-case.
The Olli Fleet Challenge is part of an ongoing, first-of-its-kind global initiative where Local Motors has invited organizations to propose a short-term, local use for Olli. Local Motors has hosted several challenges since launching the initiative in late 2018 and has deployed Olli shuttles across several locations in California, at a military installation near Washington, D.C., and along a busy thoroughfare in Australia. Additional deployments are expected in the coming months in Southern California, in Atlanta and in Central Europe.
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