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Introducing the world's first self-propelled minibus with fail safe steering and driving system

Washington / Aichelau. In a joint project of different partners under the leadership of the US company Local Motors located in Phoenix, the self-propelled vehicle project 'Olli' became a reality and was presented to the public in Washington on June 17th 2016

"Paravan is very proud to have contributed to this innovative and pioneering project with its fail safe Drive-by-Wire system Space Drive, an important contribution to roadworthiness of 'Olli'. With Space Drive 'OLLI' becomes the first autonomous driving "People Mover" with a multi-redundant (fail safe operational) control of throttle, brake and steering.” Paravan, GmbH -founder and CEO Roland Arnold expressed tremendous excitement over the project.

'Olli' is a self-propelled (autonomous) mini bus for future passenger transport in urban areas (airports, industrial sites, amusement parks, railway stations) that can accommodate up to 12 people comfortably. Responsible for the project is the American company Local Motors. Together with seven partners from around the world, 'Olli' was equipped with the most pioneering technologies for autonomous driving of the future. Thanks to the innovative system Paravan Space Drive, the most diverse sensor and GPS data is bundled in the vehicle and processed absolutely fail safe forwarded to sophisticated servo motors to control gas, braking and steering movements. This makes 'Olli' a unique masterpiece of self-propelled passenger transport vehicles with fail-safe and street legal Drive-by-Wire technology.

Passengers can interact through voice conservation with 'Olli' while driving from point A to point B, chatting about issues on the functioning of the vehicle, whether they should go straight and why 'Olli' meets specific driving technical decisions. A specially developed data -cloud solution puts 'Olli' in a position to understand the questions of the passengers and to respond to it when entering the car, including questions about travel destinations ('Olli', can you take me downtown? ) or specific vehicle functions ("How does this feature work?" or even "Are we there yet?"). Passengers can also ask for personalized recommendations for local travel destinations, such as popular restaurants or historic sites. This interaction with"'Olli'" was designed to make the driving experience for the passengers as comfortable as possible while they complete an autonomous journey.

After the official presentation, Olli 'will be used in the Washington DC area on public roads, and after the end of 2016 in Miami-Dade County and Las Vegas. A presentation of the vehicle in Germany will follow in the coming weeks.

For more information: http://www.paravan-industry.com/de/einsatzbereiche/olli-project.html 

Thanks to Paravan’s Drive-by-wire system Space Drive Olli is the first autonomous driving "People Mover" with a multi-redundant control of throttle, brake and steering. (Photo: local motors)

Contact: Alexander Nerz Alexander.nerz@paravan.de +49 (0) 7388 999 5 929

About Paravan, GmbH Paravan is the world leader in innovative vehicle conversions for people with severe disabilities. Around 150 employees develop and produce individually disability adjusted automotive conversions, electric wheelchairs, movement coach, and much more. Highlight in the extensive product range is the world's first road-going drive-by-wire system Space Drive II active servomotors redundancy. A fail-safe, digital control system for flexible use in safety-critical automotive applications on the latest drive-by-wire technology. The system is fully road legal, certified to ISO 26262 ASIL D and manufactured IPC-A-600 Class 3 by the world's highest quality level. Worldwide Paravan has collected more than 120 million kilometers of experience with the system in the last 10 years. Experiences that are always flowed into the development of the Space Drive system. Meanwhile, the Paravan Space Drive system has been successfully used in numerous vehicles and projects for autonomous driving by renowned vehicle manufacturers, automotive suppliers and research institutes.

About Local Motors Local Motors is a technology company that designs, builds and sells innovative vehicles. The Local Motors global platform co-creation is combined with local micro-production to create hardware innovations such as the world's first automobile from the 3D printers that are marketed with unprecedented levels of speed. To learn more, visit www.localmotors.com.