Olli, World's First Self-Driving 3D-Printed Bus On Roads Now In Washington, DC

Posted: Jun 17 2016, 12:03pm CDT | by , Updated: Jun 17 2016, 11:20pm CDT, in News | Cars & Vehicles


Olli, World's First Self-Driving 3D-Printed Bus On Roads Now in Washington, DC
Local Motors CEO and co-founder John B. Rogers, Jr. introduces Olli, on Thurs., June 16, 2016 in Fort Washington, MD . Olli is the first self-driving vehicle to integrate the advanced cognitive computing capabilities of IBM Watson. The 12 passenger electric vehicle analyzes and learns from high volumes of transportation data and enables seamless interactions between the vehicle and passengers. (Rich Riggins/IBM)
  • Olli, the First Self-Driving Bus is here to take you anywhere you want

Olli is the first ever self-driving IBM Watson-powered shuttle which starts giving rides in Washington, DC. And it will soon hit the roads in Miami-Dade County and Las Vegas.

Local Motors have come up with a brilliant plan of introducing Olli, the self-driving shuttle in cities. Olli is being made in collaboration with IBM, which has taken responsibility of all the software manufacturing.

This vehicle will be able to provide un-aided shuttle service to people living in a city on its own. The passengers will only require to have a smartphone and Olli’s App installed on it to go anywhere. The payments will be made by the smart phone app as well. 

Olli will pick you up from where ever you need to be picked at from. You will just need your smartphone with you to have this service at your door step. It has a sleek and unique design. It certainly looks like a futuristic vehicle.

Providing ample cabin space, it has the capacity for 11 passengers. Thus you will be able to travel with all the comfort you need. It is designed to take you from one point to other in a quick and reliable way. You will just have to select a pick up option on your smart phone and will have to enter a destination. The rest of the work will be done by Olli. 

“Olli offers a smart, safe and sustainable transportation solution that is long overdue,” said Local Motors CEO and co-founder John B. Rogers, Jr. 

“Olli with Watson acts as our entry into the world of self-driving vehicles, something we’ve been quietly working on with our co-creative community for the past year. We are now ready to accelerate the adoption of this technology and apply it to nearly every vehicle in our current portfolio and those in the very near future. I’m thrilled to see what our open community will do with the latest in advanced vehicle technology.” 

Olli is self-driving vehicle so it uses RADAR, sensors, Cameras and LIDAR in order to provide finest transport to passengers. Being an electric vehicle it is smooth, quiet and clean for environment. It is environmental friendly thus providing no hazard to Mother Nature. 

Olli electric bus can carry up to 12 people. This self-driving 3D-printed bus is equipped with some of the world’s most advanced vehicle technology, including IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) for Automotive, to improve the passenger experience and allow natural interaction with the vehicle. 

"Cognitive computing provides incredible opportunities to create unparalleled, customized experiences for customers, taking advantage of the massive amounts of streaming data from all devices connected to the Internet of Things, including an automobile’s myriad sensors and systems," said Harriet Green, General Manager, IBM Watson Internet of Things, Commerce & Education. 

"IBM is excited to work with Local Motors to infuse IBM Watson IoT cognitive computing capabilities into Olli, exploring the art of what's possible in a world of self-driving vehicles and providing a unique, personalized experience for every passenger while helping to revolutionize the future of transportation for years to come."

Though officially introduced today, there is already immediate interest in putting Olli to use on public roads. Miami-Dade County is exploring a pilot program in which several autonomous vehicles would be used to transport people around Miami.

“Improving the sustainability of local transportation networks as part of a wider goal to create more vibrant, livable, sustainable cities within Miami-Dade County, and improve the quality of life for residents is our top priority,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “We must do more to improve transit and mobility in our community and the deployment of autonomous vehicles is a big step in the right direction.” 

Starting on Thursday, June 16, Olli will be used on public roads locally in DC, and late in 2016 in Miami-Dade County and Las Vegas. Currently Olli is providing test rides to its customers too. You will just have to contact Local Motors in order to get a free taste of this ride to anywhere you want. 

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