Faiveley Vapor Ricon, a leading manufacturer and supplier of doors and lifts to all sectors of the transport industry, will supply the doors to a new cognitive, self-driving vehicle from Local Motors.

Faiveley Vapor Ricon doors are already in place on the first two Olli vehicles from Local Motors and the company is currently working on an order for more. Olli is a cognitive, self-driving shuttle which is now being tested both in Germany and the United States. The vehicle is designed as a first- and last-mile transportation solution that can be used by riders via a smartphone app. It can run on a fixed route, or riders can hail the vehicle to their location via the app. The safe and reliable form of transport is equipped with a wide range of mapping technologies that helps Olli navigate the world.

“Faiveley Vapor Ricon has been most helpful and delivered exactly what we required and with great service,” commented Wolfgang Bern, Local Motors Director of Operations in Berlin. “We did extensive research to find our door supplier and selected Faiveley Vapor Ricon for its service levels, on-site support and long standing reputation. We look forward to a continued relationship as  Olli becomes integrated into mainstream transport systems in the coming years.”

Olli was designed via the Local Motors online co-creation platform to be a transport solution in places like Germany to alleviate congestion. Already it has been tested in Washington DC and Berlin, and vehicle trials are scheduled for Miami and Las Vegas early next year.

Faiveley Vapor Ricon has worked with the Local Motors team to provide a modified version of a standard set of doors using a 12V mechanism.  The automatic doors are operated by internal and external buttons for boarding and alighting at users chosen destinations.  Furthermore, all glass for the vehicles was provided by Vapor Ricon.

‘This has been a very exciting project to be associated for all of our team and repeat orders have already been placed as Olli grows in awareness and stature,” said Michael Dickinson Sales Manager Faiveley Vapor Ricon UK. “We are very happy to work with companies pioneering new ways of delivering solutions and anticipating issues in the future.”

The electric vehicle, which can carry a maximum of twelve people depending upon individual transport health and safety requirements, offers a smart, safe and sustainable transport system which is ideally suited to dense urban areas or large, closed campuses.

Michael concluded; “The future of transportation methods remains a priority for both public and private sectors and we are happy to support such plans as we too endeavour to deliver user-friendly lifts, ramps, doors, windows and hoists to domestic and commercial markets.”

Faiveley Vapor Ricon is proud to offer a wide range of domestic and commercial products to aid vehicular access for those with limited mobility.