Buffalo University in New York State is partnering with Local Motors to use the latter’s Olli autonomous shuttle for education, mapping, and testing its functionality on campus.
The Local Motors Olli shuttle is largely 3D printed and aims to provide a safe, efficient, customizable and environmentally friendly transportation option. The project is co-managed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the New York State Department of Transportation.
The University’s vice president for research and economic development Venu Govindaraju 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.”
“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. Local Motors looks forward to assisting UB and future partners on practical solutions and research opportunities for mobility challenges.”
By Illya Verpraet