Car maker Local Motors has partnered with IBM to create “Olli”, the world’s first self-driving, electric minibus whose chassis is manufactured using 3D printing.
The automated vehicle, which can carry up to 12 people, is already moving passengers around Washington DC, and later this year will branch out to Miami and Las Vegas.
It takes about 24 hours to print an Olli, after which it is fitted with its battery and an IT system that makes use of IBM’s “Watson” cognitive learning technology.
Passengers will be able to flag down an Olli in much the same way as they hail a cab using an Uber app. Watson will then be able to “interact conversationally” with them, discussing topics about how the vehicle works, where they are going, and why Olli is making specific driving decisions.
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