Win The Ollie Challenge To Get Autonomous Shuttles Locally

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Let me introduce you to Olli. He’s super cute, low maintenance and lives a green lifestyle. Unfortunately, you can’t date him, although you might be able to engage his services.

  • Local Motors brings the Ollie Shuttle challenge to the Pacific Northwest.
  • Specializing in 3D-printed mobility solutions, Local Motors brings a collaborative and co-creative strategy to autonomous mobility.

Yes, Olli is an escort, but not the type you’re thinking of. He’s an autonomous and environmentally friendly electric shuttle built by Local Motors, a company specializing in 3D-printed mobility solutions. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you will have the opportunity to enter the Olli Fleet Challenge and decide where the petite shuttle will show off its practical charm next.

Part of an ongoing, global initiative, Local Motors has invited municipalities, campuses and designated districts to propose a short-term, local use for Olli. Since launching in 2018, Local Motors has brought the challenge to different worldwide locations, demonstrating his skills at various locations–even in Australia motoring alongside a busy thoroughfare. Now, those in Washington state and Oregon can throw their hat in the ring to employ Olli’s shuttling service by proposing a use for him.

Ollie shuttling students around Ohio State University campus in 2017.

“Endless use possibilities exist for Olli, and we’ve seen that with recent deployments at college campuses, on a military base and at a busy state exposition and fairgrounds in California,” Jay Rogers, Local Motors CEO and co-founder, said. “Everything about Olli changes the way we can and will engage with transportation options, including its autonomous and sustainable design. We look forward to seeing how Olli can impact mobility across Washington and Oregon.”

Big Plans For Little Ollie

Through the challenges, Local Motors hopes cities, companies, stadiums, entertainment districts and other locations will see the advantages of adopting its shuttle on a more permanent basis. Founded in 2007, Local Motors works off a collaboration and co-creation model, where anyone can contribute to its products’ design. The company understands that a good idea can come from anywhere and isn’t reserved just for experts. In addition, when people are directly involved in a project, they feel a vested interest in its success.

For the Olli Challenge, Local Motors will accept entries through August 26, and a select group of non-disclosed or described “panel of judges with industry experience” who will evaluate submissions and pick a winner. Once chosen, Local Motors engineers will map Olli’s route and send the shuttle out to its fans.

No Ollie? No Problem. Still Look At Local

Since we’re on the topic of contests, Local Motors has some great ones going and you don’t have to move to Washington or Oregon to compete. For example, in the Human-AV Connect challenge, “Solvers” are tasked with designing UI/UX mockups to demonstrate different ways for riders on college campuses to interact with Olli 2.0. Cash prizes will be awarded in four categories.

You can access Local Motors full slate of projects here.


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