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A driverless shuttle is rolling into the Valley

Posted: 1:02 PM, Dec 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-12 20:02:49Z
Olli Shuttle

CHANDLER — More driverless vehicles are coming to the Valley.

Olli, based in Chandler, is a new class of vehicle built from scratch, 30 percent of which comes from a 3D printer.

After a Valley-wide contest, the company has chosen the East Valley Institute of Technology to receive two new shuttles as part of its pilot program.

The shuttles are built to go at lower speeds and travel around a singular campus using GPS, radar and laser technology to map and navigate its route autonomously.

Olli, based in Chandler, is a new class of vehicle built from scratch, 30 percent of which comes from a 3D printer.

EVIT will get two shuttles and be ready for passengers by the end of January.

Olli’s Vice President of Marketing, Brittany Stotler, says the possibilities to use Olli reach beyond school campuses and could help transport people around medical campuses, between parking lots and the entry gates at amusement parks.

"If you're driving through a parking lot as part of Olli's route it can be capturing license plates and figuring out who's illegally parked in a handicap space and make sure someone's notified about it." said Stotler.

Sacramento State University won a similar challenge launched in San Diego and will also be receiving two Olli vehicles.

The company is now accepting entries in the Washington, D.C. and long term hopes to offer the technology for mainstream use in 2020.