3D-printed Shuttle 3D printed Olli shuttle trials Turin
Olli, a self-driving, electric 3D-printed shuttle, just moved to the Italian city of Turin where it will provide transport services within the ITC-ILO campus for four months.
Local Motors has just deployed Olli—a 3D printed, self-driving electric shuttle—in the Italian city of Turin. The compact smart pod will be used over a four-month trial period to transport people within the International Training Centre campus of the UN's International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO). The deployment marks the automated shuttles last base on its world tour.
Before Turin, Olli has been on adventures in a handful of cities, including various American cities, Berlin, Germany, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, and Holdfast Bay, Australia.
Turin was selected through Local Motors' Olli Fleet Challenge, which invited European cities to propose the best short-term urban use case for testing the self-driving shuttle.
80 percent 3D-printed
From a distance, Olli resembles many of the "the future is now!" autonomous electric shuttles that have popped up in recent years. This tall rectangular pod is, however, everything but conventional. Despite having traveled the world, it's not only Olli's original history that makes it special. What really sets it apart from other autonomous electric vehicles is the fact that its components include 80 percent 3D-printed parts.
With its wide-set headlights and expansive windows nestled between a rounded frame, Olli has a friendly countenance that screams, ever so gently, "come along, take a ride." The pod will provide both employees and guests at the UN ITC-ILO campus transport service through May.
Olli's deployment at the United Nations campus will also involve a support team consisting of young citizens and university students. Olli is designed to be easily accessible to the disabled, and this functionality will be further explored in collaboration with Turin's disability manager office.