The driverless shuttle is already operating along a thoroughfare in cooperation with the public transit system in Glenelg
Local Motors by LM Industries Group, known for 3D-printed mobility solutions, has announced an Australian fleet challenge for its autonomous shuttle known as Olli.
According to Local Motors, the challenges, which will be held in additional markets, is a way to introduce the general public to the concept and benefits of autonomous transportation.
The challenge is open to Australian municipalities, campuses, designated districts and transit or transportation operators to come up with short-term, best-use scenarios for the self-driving shuttle, which is already operating along a thoroughfare in cooperation with a public transit system in Glenelg.
The Australian challenge follows similar, challenges in the US city of Sacramento, California and the Greater Washington DC area.
Sacramento State, a public university in California, is preparing to receive its fleet of Olli shuttles after being named a winner of the challenge in December. Judges will begin evaluating entries for the Greater Washington challenge in early February.
“Olli is not only providing rides, it is taking us along for a ride through the ever-evolving world of self-driving transportation,” said Jay Rogers, CEO and co-founder of Local Motors.
“The location that is ultimately chosen for this fleet of self-driving vehicles will be one that showcases forward-thinking during an exceptional time of technological advancement"
“We’ve already seen its success in several applications, from Chicago to Las Vegas to a college campus in New York. And, Australians in Glenelg are finding that Olli is friendly, easy to use, smart and safe. We are excited to see what’s possible in other parts of the country.”
A panel of judges with industry experience and background will evaluate the entries. Judges include: Michael Heath, head of mission at the US Embassy in Canberra; Mark Ullah, an industry lead in charge of future cities, mobility and growth markets for Telstra Enterprise in Brisbane; Tony Mobbs, head of CTP insurance with Allianz Australia in Sydney; and Rita Excell, executive director at ADVI in Adelaide.
“This fleet challenge presents an exciting opportunity for Australia, which is already serving as a proving ground for autonomous transportation,” Excell said of the trial at Moseley Square in Glenelg.
“The location that is ultimately chosen for this fleet of self-driving vehicles will be one that showcases forward-thinking during an exceptional time of technological advancement. And, it will demonstrate a drive for innovation, sustainable transportation and an appreciation for safety. I’m eager to review the possibilities.”
The entry window for the Australian challenge is open immediately and will close 27 March 2019. Interested applicants can visit localmotors.com/ to apply and to learn more about the rules and requirements associated with the fleet challenge. A winning entry is expected to be announced in late April.
Olli shuttles will be deployed to the winning location once route mapping is completed.
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