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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Sep. 16, 202005:10 AM EST

Olli 2.0 joins JTA’s U2C testing program

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The vehicle is electric, autonomous and 3D-printed.
by: Katie Garwood Staff Writer

The Olli 2.0 is the latest autonomous vehicle to join the Jacksonville Transportation Authority Test & Learn Program.

Delivered in late August, the Olli 2.0 is the fifth autonomous vehicle JTA will test for its Ultimate Urban Circulator program, which launched in 2017. The U2C program will transform the Skyway to support autonomous vehicles and eventually add ground-level connections. 

“When we first announced our plan to retire the Skyway trains and replace them with autonomous vehicles, the JTA set the goal to keep up with the latest advancements. Receiving the first Olli 2.0 shuttle in the United States is proof of that commitment,” JTA Chief Executive Officer, Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., said in a news release. 

“The delivery of the Olli 2.0 at our Test & Learn track marks the next step in shaping the future of public transportation– not just in Jacksonville, but nationally,” he said.

Olli 2.0 will be used in the next phase of the Test & Learn program at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Cecil Center Campus and JTA’s Armsdale Test & Learn facility. 

Beep, Local Motor by LM Industries and Robotic Research LLC developed the Olli 2.0. It is an electric, autonomous, 3D-printed vehicle.

“Beep, Local Motors and Robotic Research are each uniquely positioned to design, develop and deploy custom solutions that best meet the needs of their customers. We’re confident our partnership will present the most advanced autonomous platforms to JTA as they explore the options available to support the transformation of mobility in downtown Jacksonville,” Joe Moye, CEO of Orlando-based Beep, said in the release.

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