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Local Motors and Knox County’s deal to have autonomous public transportation

Written by Kfir Kedem – March 17, 2021

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

Local Motors’ Olli has just made a giant step towards its development and potential future success. Olli is an autonomous public transportation vehicle that is equipped with a variety of safety features. Just a few days ago, Local Motors’ leadership team met with Glenn Jacobs—the Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee—to discuss Olli’s public debut. The meeting resulted in an agreement that allows Olli to drive on Valley Vista Road for testing purposes.


Driving on a public road is a huge step for Olli. As an autonomous vehicle, it learns how to drive correctly by collecting and processing data. By driving on a public road around live traffic and real pedestrians, it will be able to correctly teach itself how to integrate to real-world driving behaviors.


Auto Trendy’s take:

The agreement between Mayor Jacobs and Local Motors will prove to be mutually beneficial. A similar relationship has already taken place in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, where both the companies experienced great mutual benefit. Local Motors will be able to train their autonomous public transportation vehicles in real-world situations. Meanwhile, the Mayor has secured Knox County a spot as one of the United State’s first places that will have autonomous vehicles running on public roads. This is a big step for both the County and the business’ development.