Production of autonomous passenger shuttle starts


Local Motors, a digital manufacturer of mobility products, has started production of Olli 2.0, the second generation of its 3D-printed, electric, autonomous passenger shuttle.

Designed to be a viable and sustainable transportation option for cities, companies, hospitals, campuses, stadiums, entertainment districts and more, the first-generation Olli is currently deployed at 11 sites across the USA, Europe and the Middle East.

Customers include city administrations, universities, start-up mobility providers and public transit systems operators.

Olli 2.0 is driven by ProteanDrive Pd18 in-wheel motors

ProteanDrive Pd18 in-wheel motors will drive each of the latest Olli’s four wheels, providing “highly efficient, quiet and refined electric propulsion”.

A highly integrated patented design includes all core technology of an electric driveline within a single unit, delivering optimised efficiency, refinement and safety.

Alex Fiechter, VP of R&D at Local Motors, said: “We’re always focused on improving the technology and passenger experience within Olli and the selection of ProteanDrive in-wheel motors has helped us achieve a first-rate experience.

“The flexibility afforded by an in-wheel drive with integrated electronics allows for our vehicle floor pan to be maximised for our users, not just for mounting and hiding hardware.”

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