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Local Motors wants to prove 3D-printed self-driving shuttles are safe

In a sun-drenched Arizona parking lot in late 2018, a pod-like autonomous shuttle smashed into a wall at 25 miles per hour. The glass on the sides of the shuttle shattered, the wheels buckled, and a few small pieces went flying. This wasn’t an accident; it was a test. The overall structure of the shuttle held together, which is a little surprising because it was a 3D-printed shuttle.

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