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Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States is the first city on the east coast to participate in a global autonomous vehicle fleet challenge. Accompanied by neighboring states Maryland and Virginia, the Greater Washington area is ready to launch intelligent, safe, and sustainable self-driving vehicles on roads near you.

Have you not heard about the Olli Fleet Challenge yet?  Not a problem, let us bring you up to speed on this exciting adventure!  The Local Motors Olli Fleet Challenge is an opportunity to get a pod of Olli, the world’s first co-created, self-driving, electric shuttle operating in the Greater Washington area, affectionately known as the DMV.

The fleet challenge requires interested municipalities, campuses, and districts to submit an entry detailing a short term use-case of why Olli should be deployed at the their location. Submissions will be reviewed by a local panel of judges to determine a winner. And yes, winner takes all! The winner of the Greater Washington Olli Fleet Challenge will receive a pod of Olli for three months to test their use-case and learn how Olli and autonomous shared vehicles can be advantageous to them.

The fleet challenge commenced on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 and for the next eight weeks, applicants can submit entries to the challenge, telling us why Olli is a great fit for their area. Compelling submissions are encouraged given the scope and reach of the challenge, covering one district and two states, 49,258 land area square miles to be exact.

How will the winner be chosen, you may be asking?  We have brought together a diverse panel of judges to provide a range of expertise and insight. Judges are anchored in astute organizations that directly impact the future of mobility, intelligent transportation, and the communities they serve.

Shailen Bhatt ITS America
Shailen Bhatt – President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America)

As President & CEO of ITS America, Shailen Bhatt promotes policies that advance the development and deployment of intelligent transportation technologies throughout the United States. Previously, Bhatt served as Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), where he led the department in planning for and addressing Colorado’s transportation needs. During his tenure, CDOT launched the Road X program which is focused on deploying innovative technology solutions such as connected vehicles and teaming with the private sector to shape the future of transportation.

Scott Frisch, AARP
Scott Frisch – EVP & Chief Operating Officer, AARP

Scott Frisch has led the AARP organization as the COO and head of the Operations & Finance Group since 2014. A dynamic leader, he has grown AARP’s strategic operating reserves 36% in 4 years and has promoted fiscal discipline by overhauling performance management, financial planning, procurement, human resources, IT and capital planning functions. Mr. Frich also established a $40 million investment fund that spurs innovation in health and wellness as well as a $60 million investment vehicle to accelerate research into cures for all types of dementia including Alzheimer’s.

Jack McDougle, Greater Washington Board of Trade
Jack McDougle – President & CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade

Jack McDougle has worked with business, government, and non-profits for over 20 years to create innovation-friendly and collaborative cultures to enhance competitive advantage. As founder of Blutre Strategies, a personal initiative to drive innovation and improve quality of life through economic capacity building, both in the U.S. and globally. Mr. McDougle also served as Senior Vice President at the Council on Competitiveness where he engaged more than 150 CEO’s, university presidents and labor leaders to formulate and lead a National Manufacturing Initiative – convening key thought leaders across the U.S. to construct strategies and programs enhancing U.S. manufacturing, increasing exports and creating jobs.

Jason Miller, Greater Washington Partnership
Jason Miller – Chief Executive Officer, Greater Washington Partnership

As CEO of GWP since 2017, Jason Miller leads the organization comprised of CEOs and entrepreneurs from the capital region of Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond whose core focus is to address critical economic issues facing the region and ensure it remains one of the world’s best places to live, work and build a business. Mr. Miller also has a background in developing economic policy on manufacturing and innovation, transportation and infrastructure. In addition, he spearheaded the release of the first-ever federal policy on automated vehicles.

Deborah Wince-Smith ,Council on Competitiveness
Deborah Wince-Smith – President & CEO of the Council on Competitiveness

Deborah Wince-Smith leads the organization comprised of a coalition of CEOs, university presidents, labor leaders and national laboratory directors, committed to driving U.S. competitiveness. She has more than 20 years of experience as a senior U.S. government official, as the first Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy in the U.S. Department of Commerce and Assistant Director for International Affairs in the Reagan White House. Ms. Wince-Smith is also the President of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, whose creation she led.

Judging and fleet challenge winner announcement

Olli Fleet Challenge entries will be accepted until 5pm EST Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

For more information about the Greater Washington Fleet Challenge and to assess if your organization is eligible, please visit

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