Robotic Research and Local Motors launch autonomous shuttle at University of Buffalo
Robotic Research and its partner Local Motors have begun operating the OLLI autonomous, electric shuttle at the University of Buffalo. The University of Buffalo will leverage the OLLI shuttle for autonomous vehicle education and mapping while also testing the shuttles for campus transportation. The project is being co-managed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the New York State Department of Transportation.
Robotic Research, LLC, is an engineering and technology company that provides advanced autonomy software and robotic technology and solutions to commercial and federal government customers. For example, the company currently serves as the autonomy kit provider on the U.S. Army's Expedient Leader Follower program for autonomous convoy operations of large supply vehicles.
Alberto Lacaze, president of Robotic Research, said, "The Robotic Research team is thrilled to address the needs of the University of Buffalo in the launch of operations of the autonomous OLLI vehicle."
Local Motors announced a partnership with the CTA Foundation and IBM at CES 2018 last January to develop #AccessibleOlli, which makes transportation accessible for all, including riders with disabilities. Since then, there have been numerous workshops, hack-a-thons, challenges, and countless hours spent developing #AccessibleOlli, integrating the latest technologies.
The iteration of Olli showcased in January is almost fully 3D printed and features the technologies from more than 15 partners. In addition to the debut of #AccessibleOlli, #OlliStop, an IOT-enabled, smart bus stop, engineered by Sage Automation, was introduced. The #OlliStop and Olli(s) can communicate with each other, as well as offer passengers a personalized, interactive experience.
#AccessibleOlli is an ongoing effort, largely due to partners at AdLink, Asahi Glass, Best Mile, City of Rochester (MN), Explorer.ai, Glen Raven, KinTrans, LG Electronics, Mapbox, Panasonic Automotive, Q’Straint, SAGE Automation, Siemens PLM Software, Sunbrella, Ultrahaptics, and what3words, along with the CTA Foundation, IBM, and Local Motors.