Local Motors, the high profile company that is well-known by creating the first 3D-printed automotive projects, debuts today with a trail-blazing idea. In National Harbor, Maryland, they introduced Olli, the first electric minibus which is equipped with Watson, a cognitive IBM platform to allow passengers interaction with the vehicle. By the way, Olli is self-driving. Elementary, my dear Watson?
Olli is referred to be an electric shuttle and will be able to carry up to 12 passengers in a single sitting. Local Motors team did best to fit the minibus with some advanced cognitive tech-savvy capabilities, including cameras, GPS apps, lidar, Watson IoT for Automotive for managing the navigation and avoiding collisions. It could even suggest you a pretty good restaurant on your way. A piece of good news: Olli will be traced and controlled by an external human observer on an ongoing basis. By the end of 2016, Local Motors intends to launch four Olli minibuses on public roads – it comes to Las Vegas, Florida and Denmark.