Local Motors, the developer of self-driving shuttle Olli, has appointed transit industry veteran Nicholas Cole as its new Senior Vice President of Sales.
Cole will lead the company’s sales operations, with a focus on driving commercial adoption of its autonomous mobility products.
Currently an industry consultant, Cole most recently led the expansion and transformation efforts for Avis Budget Group’s car-sharing network, Zipcar International, as it expanded into emerging markets using a franchise model he developed.
“Nicholas understands mobility without a doubt, but beyond that, he has a global mindset that can only be gained from the experience he’s had introducing new transit options around the world,” said Jay Rogers, CEO and co-founder of Local Motors.
“The autonomous technology we are developing at Local Motors is in the hands of a highly-qualified and incredibly experienced ambassador eager to debut it on a world stage.”
Based in Austin, Texas, Cole will focus predominantly on bringing Olli to the commercial market. Local Motors sees its electric self-driving shuttle as a sustainable transportation option for cities, companies, hospitals, campuses, stadiums and entertainment districts.
The company recently launched an autonomous vehicle fleet challenge in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, which invites entrants to propose a short-term, local use for Olli.
“On the surface, Local Motors is a vehicle manufacturing company,” said Cole. “When you look a little closer, we are really bringing a new transit solution to the mobility world.”
“It is very exciting to be part of the future of mobility and I look forward to bringing the experience of our mobility solution to people around the world,” he added.