Beep and Local Motors Successfully Conclude Autonomous Shuttle Project at Yellowstone National Park
Dec 03, 2021
ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Beep – a global leader in multi-passenger, electric, autonomous mobility solutions – today released ridership results following the highly-successful completion of Yellowstone National Park’s first-ever autonomous shuttle program T.E.D.D.Y. (The Electric Driverless Demonstration in Yellowstone), named as an ode to Teddy Roosevelt. The shuttle pilot enabled the National Park Service to test the feasibility and sustainability of autonomous mobility in a national park.
“During the project we were able to validate, in partnership with the National Park Service, that Beep’s turnkey autonomous mobility solutions and safety-first approach delivers environmentally-friendly transportation options for thousands of national park visitors. The most striking result was the high number of riders who experienced the project – and their confidence in the technology as a means of accessing a number of destinations in the park. In this day and age, when there is still apprehension across the general public on the realities surrounding autonomous vehicle use, we demonstrated how to elevate safety, implement new technologies in real-world environments and steadily progress society toward trustworthy autonomous mobility solutions.” – Joe Moye, Beep, CEO
For this project, Beep delivered a unique rider experience through a partnership with Local Motors, which manufacturers Olli, the world’s first 3D-printed autonomous vehicle. With safety as a top priority, Olli used high-definition sensors to continually analyze the road 360-degrees around the vehicle before deciding how to safely proceed in the presence of wildlife, pedestrians and vehicles. All shuttles were operated with an on-board attendant, and Beep further ensured passenger safety by providing continuous oversight through the Beep Command Center at its headquarters in Lake Nona, Florida.
“The results of the Yellowstone project, total mileage, insights from riders and new learnings for the autonomous system are very encouraging. Projects like this give Local Motors confidence as we expand to offer longer routes in more complex settings. Partnering with Beep helps us deliver the value of autonomous vehicles and demonstrate step-wise improvements in today’s AV technology.” – Vikrant Aggarwal, Local Motors, CEO
Safe, Trusted Service For Thousands of Visitors
The project consisted of Olli shuttles operating across two routes between June 9 and Aug. 31 for seven days a week – collecting vital information including ridership, route optimization, vehicle operations and overall ride experience. Data collected, and other learnings from the project, are helping the NPS plan potential future developments of autonomous vehicle operations at parks across the country.
- The NPS selected Yellowstone, the nation’s first national park, due to its popularity and remote location. Yellowstone remains the sixth most visited national park in the country and receives more than four million visits annually. For this project, the shuttles provided passengers safe and direct access to key destinations which included visitor services, lodging, campgrounds and other locations with limited parking.
Beep delivers the next generation of mobility services utilizing driverless, electric, multi-passenger vehicles. By specializing in planning, deploying and managing advanced autonomous shuttles for both private and public communities, Beep safely connects people, places and services in first-mile, last-mile mobility networks. Beep also leverages the data and learnings from its public road deployments to produce vehicle agnostic, edge solutions meant to enhance safety, access, artificial-intelligence and driverless operating capabilities of autonomous platforms. Beep delivers on a primary goal of enabling mobility-for-all with the services and software they provide. For more information visit: www.ridebeep.com
About Local Motors
Local Motors is the leading full-stack developer of purpose-built autonomous shuttles. Designed specifically for low-speed applications, the company’s current platform, Olli, delivers an exceptional mobility solution with class-leading safety, range and rider experience. By leveraging direct digital manufacturing (3D Printing) and microfactories, LM can reduce design and manufacturing costs, and introduce new vehicles in months, not years. Learn more: localmotors.com
Contact: Beep Corporate Communications
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