Self-Driving Shuttle Bus Shows up on Campus & OSU is Looking to Buy One

Sharped-eyed observers on Ohio State University’s main campus might have spotted an unusual-looking vehicle cruising around on Tuesday.

Olli is the brand name of a 12-passenger van produced by an Arizona-based company called Local Motors. Designed to be fully autonomous, the rectangular-shaped shuttle was on campus for a “promotional and video shoot,” according to Benjamin Johnson, Director of Media and Public Relations.

Don’t be surprised if the vehicle makes a return visit to OSU, though.

“As the primary research partner for the Smart Columbus initiative, Ohio State is interested in purchasing an Olli,” said Johnson, clarifying that the one that was on campus Tuesday actually had a driver, but that a “fully autonomous Olli” could be back at OSU as soon as this winter.

Originally Published HERE