Accessibility self-driving shuttle

Olli is an all-electric autonomous vehicle, packed with features to help people with disabilities

Olli by Local Motors (PRNewsfoto/Local Motors)

The future of autonomous vehicles where transport becomes more flexible, seamless and shareable between people and businesses for a variety of uses is getting closer.

There have been a number of concept autonomous vehicles that went on display at the latest CES tech show which is the global stage in Las Vegas where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.  Toyota unveiled its e-Palette autonomous shuttle, while the French company Navya demonstrated the Arma shuttle.

Accessible Olli was designed from the ground up to help people with disabilities get where they need to go.

Olli is an all-electric autonomous vehicle, packed with features to help people with disabilities and older people to get around.  There’s a retractable wheelchair ramp, software that can process sign language, and displays inside offering simplified information and reminders for people with cognitive disabilities like memory loss.

Accessible Olli will be road tested in a few months in places including Copenhagen and Buffalo, New York, and will offer a new approach to mass transit, in which a driverless shuttle could someday pick you up at any hour of the day.

The days of owning your own car could soon be over!

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