Local Motors by LM Industries Group Inc., known for 3D-printed mobility solutions, will soon bring its autonomous shuttle known as Olli to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. The joint base, which is immediately adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery, is receiving its own fleet of Olli shuttles after being selected as the most viable use-case scenario for the self-driving shuttle as part of Local Motors’ series of fleet challenges.
The fleet challenge entry for Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall was submitted by the Marine Corps on behalf of a project it is co-sponsoring with the Army.
The fleet of shuttles that Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall will be able to use for about three months will arrive in the coming weeks after Local Motors maps the route the shuttle will use. A tentative route calls for the shuttles to make more than a dozen stops throughout the base.
“The entries we received for this challenge in the Greater Washington, D.C. area really blew us away and encompassed a diverse selection of potential user situations,” Jay Rogers, CEO, and co-founder of Local Motors said. “In some aspects, technology is moving faster than the regulations that govern it. And this deployment for Olli will put autonomy within reach of those who are working to regulate it, which we welcome. It is exciting to see innovation in action, and Olli is an example of that.”
Olli’s route will effectively connect Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall from end to end, offering access to a number of valuable stops throughout the base along the way. Plans call for Olli to provide riders access to a chapel, a library, a dining hall and community facility, a convenience store, a health clinic, and a child development center, among other destinations.
Lt. Col. Brandon Newell, who leads a military program that aims to discover and integrate new autonomous technology domestically and abroad, said Olli is a window to the future.
“We believe Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall will serve as an exceptional proving ground for Olli, illustrating how the military can engage with innovative, autonomous technology to benefit both our service and civilian populations,” Newell, West Lead for Installation werX, said. “This partnership has the potential to provide tremendous insight into the future of mobility options at the base, and we look forward to the ride.”
A panel of esteemed judges with industry experience and background evaluated the entries for the Greater Washington fleet challenge. Judges included Shailen Bhatt with the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, Deborah Wince-Smith with the U.S. Council of Competitiveness, Jason Miller with the Greater Washington Partnership, Jack McDougle with the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and Scott Frisch with AARP.
The announcement of the winner comes as Local Motors opens its first European fleet challenge for the Olli shuttle. The European challenge will seek entries from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Luxembourg. Entrants are asked to submit use-case scenarios for Olli, and judges will determine a winner based on the viability of the suggested location and route. Entries will be accepted until May 29.
Olli, which employs a responsive cognitive function, is an environmentally-friendly vehicle designed to change the future of mobility. A safe and efficient shuttle, Olli is a viable and sustainable transportation option for cities, companies, hospitals, campuses, stadiums, entertainment districts, and any other location where people need to move from one place to another.