Local Motors has launched its first 3D printed electric bus on the streets. The vehicle has already begun to circulate through the streets of Washington DC thanks to the intelligence technology of Watson, IBM.
The minibus, called Olli, has a capacity for twelve people and is powered by an electric motor and has more than 30 built-in sensors to be able to circulate safely on American streets.
It is the first vehicle that works thanks to IBM's cognitive learning aimed specifically at these self-driving functions and, according to the company, will focus on improving the passenger experience.
Local Motors is prepared to accelerate the adoption of this technology and apply it to almost all its current vehicles and those that appear in the near future.
Passengers will be able to interact with Olli as they travel and will be able to discuss questions about the operation of the vehicle, the place of destination or why Olli makes some decisions on the road. In addition, it gives users recommendations on popular restaurants, historical monuments that they can visit if they want to go sightseeing.
At the moment Olli will only work on the streets of Washington DC, but Local Motors is already working on using autonomous buses in other cities and hopes that this year the vehicles will also be on the streets of Las Vegas and Miami-Dade.