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Beep and Local Motors Set the Stage to Increase the Adoption of Autonomous Vehicles on Public and Private Roads Throughout the United States
Beep, a Florida-based autonomous Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) provider and Local Motors by LM Industries, the world’s first and only digital vehicle manufacturer, announced a strategic partnership and new reseller agreement. The collaborative agreement is intended to significantly expand the number of AV shuttles on both public and private roads, enabling Beep and Local Motors to bring autonomous solutions to more people and enhance the rider experience through continued testing and safe deployments.
Under the reseller agreement, Local Motors will provide Beep with Olli 2.0 autonomous, electric, 3D-printed shuttles for future customer deployments. Beep and Local Motors will also team up to advance and expand the operating domain of multi-passenger, autonomous vehicles in concert with their ongoing testing and information sharing program through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Vikrant Aggarwal, President of Local Motors stated that, by partnering with Beep and leveraging their existing relationship with Robotic Research, they could bring Olli to new customers in expanded markets across the U.S. and abroad. We all are living in a world where self-driving technology is needed now more than ever, and the partnership was a huge validator of the increasing demand for autonomous solutions. By deploying more vehicles and introducing Olli to new, complex scenarios on public and private roads, the company could provide safe, sustainable, and comfortable experiences for all riders now and in the future.
Local Motors’ Olli 2.0 is directed by Robotic Research’s AutoDrive autonomous kit, which has proven capabilities for implementation in form factors similar to large configurations such as people mover platforms. The software and hardware technology that enables Olli to drive in complex on-road transportation environments and other low-speed private campuses aligns with Beep’s core initiatives in geo-fenced, fixed route environments servicing the first-mile and last-mile of mobility.
Joe Moye, CEO of Beep commented that, partnering with Local Motors and Robotic Research and leveraging the new Olli 2.0 platform enabled Beep to advance their strategy of providing multiple autonomous shuttle options for their client use cases based on their broad range of operational requirements. This further advanced their ability to deliver safe, efficient mobility services in North America for public and private communities. Partnering with a U.S. based supplier also opened new market opportunities for Beep given the significant federal funding that supported many transit programs across the Country.
Local Motors is the world’s first and only digital manufacturer, and its autonomous, electric, 3D-printed shuttle, Olli, is currently deployed at universities, business parks, and local communities throughout the U.S. and in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. It acts as a connector in a multimodal transportation network that complements existing mobility ecosystems by providing a first-mile, last-mile solution to current and future transportation inefficiencies. Both Beep and Local Motors hold value in improving the health of local economies, meeting constantly shifting consumer demand, and reducing the automotive industry’s carbon footprint through sustainable alternatives, promoting less waste with small-scale production and recyclability.