Olli is a 3D printed, self-driving electric minibus introduced by Local Motors in association with IBM Watson. This self-driving electric bus possesses the most advanced of cognitive computing capabilities of IBM Watson and is seen as a smart, safe and sustainable urban transporting solution.
Local Motors Olli uses IBM Watson, a cloud-based cognitive computing platform allowing users to communicate with the vehicle. Users can also issue special route requests while Olli has been programmed to answer user’s questions of vehicle design and function and suggest restaurants along the route.
The new electric autonomous Olli was unveiled at the new Local Motors facility in National Harbour, Maryland. It has already commenced operations on public roads in Washington DC while it will make its way to Maimi-Dade County and Las Vegas later this year.
Olli is no larger than a phonebooth and can transport upto 12 persons from one location to another along a pre-set route. It has been designed and developed in-house and sees the use of a mix of 3D-printed, aluminum, and steel parts throughout its makeup. Powered by an electric motor, Olli can travel upto 25 kmph and will only be on offer across a few public roads such as university campuses and airports.
Olli can be summoned via an app or a kiosk and utilizes Lidar, cameras and GPS to guide it along its path making necessary adjustments along the route so as to avoid any sort of collisions. Each of these vehicles deployed across various locations will be monitored in real time while Local Motors takes full responsibility in the event of an accident.