Local Motors, the startup behind the Olli autonomous shuttle, has shutdown

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Local Motors, the company that designs and manufactures the Rally Fighter along with the Ollie Autonomous Shuttle, will cease operations by Friday, according to multiple posts from various employees on LinkedIn. The company has yet to issue an official statement, but many employees are already openly looking for new jobs.

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“I am disappointed to announce that Local Motors will cease to exist from January 14th,” wrote Chris Stoner, former VP of Sales and Customer Success. “I was only there a few months, but loved every minute of it. I made some great friends both locally and globally, which makes it worthwhile. The autonomous vehicle space is an exciting emerging market with plenty of opportunities. Having first hand experience of their skill and dedication, I have no doubt that AVs (like Ollie) are the future of transportation.

Ollie, the company’s shuttle, a cute rectangular pod with large windows and a round frame, was designed for campuses and low-motion environments, such as hospitals, military bases, and universities.

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The first generation of shuttles debuted in a mixed-use development in National Harbor, Maryland in 2016. Ollie 2.0, a 3D-printed, all-electric next-gen version of the self-driving shuttle, was due to begin a pilot in Toronto last spring, ferrying passengers between West Rouge and Rouge Hill Go Station in a row. to connect with. The region’s primary light rail network for long-distance transport. Apart from the October 2020 announcement, news about the pilot seems to have calmed down.

Shutdown comes only after few months Former Chairman and Chief Operating Officer Vikrant Agarwal takes over as CEO, as the company has shared plans to increase production globally. Former CEO Jay Rogers held an advisory role on the company’s board.

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“Like most adventures, they must come to an end,” wrote Jeff Hollowell, former VP of Information Technology at Local Motors. “Local Motors has closed its doors. Working with Oli and the entire team at Local Motors has been an exciting, challenging and educational experience. I was fortunate to work with wonderful individuals and to help create what others said couldn’t be done! I have been able to grow into a leader and learn new skills which I now take on my next path. Thanks to all the team members and partners with whom I was able to work. The time spent was well worth the effort. ,

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