Local Motors, a leader in the development, manufacturing and deployment of autonomous shuttles, recently began the first-ever project moving packages around Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar using an autonomous electric shuttle, Olli.
The project is in collaboration with US Ignite, an accelerator of smart communities, and NavalX SoCal Tech Bridge as a part of the 5G Living Lab at MCAS Miramar.
Funded through the Office of Naval Research and Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific, this $4 million initiative supports multiple pilot projects aimed at improving military base operations through technology innovation.
MCAS Miramar personnel will be directly engaged in shuttle operations to gain autonomous vehicle experience and evaluate the benefits of autonomous technology in potential base and deployment applications. Data from the Olli shuttles will be transferred via 5G network and analyzed beyond the duration of the 90-day pilot program.
"MCAS Miramar's deployment of the Olli demonstrates the dual-use opportunity of autonomous electric vehicles on installations to transport both people and goods. It highlights the importance of early engagement with companies and how fostering a collaborative effort provides efficient dual-use technologies," said Lt. Col. Brandon Newell, NavalX SoCal Tech Bridge director.
"Local Motors is proud to develop and deploy made-in-America vehicles, and it is an honor to serve our military," said Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers. "Our Direct Digital Manufacturing clock-speed allows us to accelerate collaboration, deployment and testing of dual-use technologies. The results of this project will be critical to...