Olli is an autonomous electric shuttle that can carry up to 8 passengers at a time in a climate-controlled cabin. The vehicle is integrated with IBM’s Watson to provide a personalized experience for each rider. Olli has a maximum range of 33 miles, a maximum speed of 25 mph, and a charge time of 4 hours. Robotic Research provides the autonomy software and hardware to the vehicle manufacturer, Local Motors. The Robotic Research Autonomous Applique (A-Kit) on their platform, which provides the automation required for operating in vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Olli vehicles are currently being deployed in many cities around the world.
The Olli vehicle has been approved for the following additional, temporary testing hours by the Maryland Department of Transportation:
Friday, November 15th, 7pm-10pm
Saturday, November 16th, 7pm-11pm
Sunday, November 17th, 7pm-11pm
Monday, November 18th, 7pm-10pm
Tuesday, November 19th – normal operating hours will resume
The Maryland Department of Transportation, through their Highly Automated Vehicles (HAV) program, has issued a HAV testing permit to Robotic Research, LLC. The HAV permit is for Robotic Research to perform demonstration testing of the Olli vehicle for Robotic Research employees and guests in Clarksburg, on a ½ mile stretch of Gateway Center Drive in between their two properties on Gateway Center Drive, and the private road at Comsat Drive.
In addition to MDOT and Robotic Research, agency leaders from Montgomery County government, law enforcement, fire/EMS, and transportation/public works extensively reviewed the permit request, discussed safety issues (the vehicle, site, proposed route, traffic impacts on area, etc.), and implemented appropriate restrictions/limitations to the HAV permit. The HAV permit was approved with contingencies for:
Robotic Research has a partnership with Local Motors to support the manufacture of the Olli vehicle, which has been testing on public roadways at National Harbor since the beginning of 2019. Prior to that, it was tested in several other settings on private and public roadways. The Olli was approved for demonstration testing by MDOT MVA at National Harbor after more than two years of collaboration and information gathering on the technology and the vehicle’s capabilities and safety redundancies. The review included validating safety operator licenses, insurance requirements, safety standards, previous satisfactory testing, proper training and use of safety operators; and a commitment to permit restrictions, and testing and crash reporting requirements.
While Olli is an autonomous vehicle, a safety attendant will be on board at all times to take control of the vehicle if necessary.
For more information, please contact:
(240) 631-0008, please ask for HAV Program Manager