The session, which featured auto industry expert Charlie Vogelheim and Kat Dransfield, Vice President, Product and Digital Platform Strategy at Local Motors, was part of the Velodyne Lidar LIVE! digital learning series.
Local Motors designs and manufactures next-gen vehicles to make local mobility safer and simple. They use Velodyne Puck™ sensors to enable safer, reliable operation of Olli, the company’s 3D-printed, electric, autonomous shuttle. Olli is deployed at universities, business parks and local communities throughout the United States as well as in Europe and the Middle East.
Here is a look at the top three takeaways from the conversation between Charlie and Kat.
Kat pointed out how the Olli development model is disruptive to the market. Moving from Olli 1.0 to Olli 2.0 took about 18 months – as compared to a traditional automotive timeline of five to seven years. This approach enables Local Motors to be much more sensitive to user feedback and customer needs when evolving their vehicle. Kat shared how exciting it is to Local Motors to be able to enact changes at scale fairly quickly.
Kat shared that Local Motors fundamentally believes safety is not a feature that can be bolted on but that it has to be treated as a core design principle. She noted they have built extensive redundancy into Olli. Kat added how she was proud Local Motors is among the companies that have been driving autonomous vehicles on the road and not had a single accident.
To support autonomous vehicle deployments, Kat said autonomy needs to be designed into roadway infrastructure. She commented how changes in infrastructure can make vehicle autonomy much safer. One example of our changing infrastructure is the emergence of lidar-based traffic monitoring systems. For instance, Velodyne’s Intelligent Infrastructure Solution collects road user data around intersections to predict potential collisions, which can be used to warn connected vehicles via V2X (vehicle-to-everything) communications.
Watch the full Velodyne Lidar and Local Motors webinar session below!