Local Motors announces University at Buffalo partnership for self-driving shuttle Olli

Local Motors, a subsidiary of LM Industries, has announced that it is to deploy and launch operations for Olli, its autonomous, electric, 3D-printed shuttle, at the University at Buffalo.

The mobility company is partnering with the University at Buffalo (UB) on a transportation and sustainability initiative for Olli, the world’s first ‘co-created’ self-driving, electric vehicle.

UB will leverage Olli for autonomous vehicle education and mapping, as well as testing the self-driving shuttles for campus transportation.

“We are pleased to partner with the University at Buffalo and the State of New York to implement and customize Olli for their mobility testing and sustainability strategies,” said Local Motors Executive Vice President Matthew Rivett. 

“This partnership showcases how campuses, states, and others can invest in and explore the future of transportation.”

Venu Govindaraju, University at Buffalo Vice President for Research and Economic Development, said: “We’re excited to have the Olli shuttle on campus, advancing the state as a leader in driverless technology while expanding our knowledge of human-automation interaction, critical to understanding artificial intelligence and machine learning.”

The project is being co-managed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the New York State Department of Transportation, and supports the state’s clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.