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3D Printed Electric Shuttle Tested at Concord Naval Weapons Station

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority is working with the American Automobile Association to test a self-driving shuttle at the GoMentum Station at the former Naval Weapons Station Concord.

The shuttle, a 3D-printed electric vehicle called "Olli," is capable of carrying eight seated passengers. It has a maximum range of 25 to 40 miles and a maximum speed of 25 mph. Transit officials plan to put it through a series of testing scenarios like negotiating intersections, interacting with pedestrians and going through tunnels along more than 20 miles of roadway at the East Bay facility.

"We are looking forward to learning from the testing that will happen at the GoMentum Station, and ultimately being able to offer Contra Costa residents a safe, domestically manufactured, electric, self-driving shuttle as a means of travel to help connect them to transit, medical, and employment centers in Contra Costa," CCTA Executive Director Randy Iwasaki said in a statement Wednesday.

Olli is designed by Local Motors, an Arizona-based vehicle maker focused on open-source designs using multiple, small production sites. The company was founded in 2007.

For more information about the shuttle, go to https://localmotors.com.

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