Phys Org brings to attention a miniature self-driving bus called Olli made by Local Motors. What makes Olli special is that it works much like Uber, uses IBM's Watson to handle the "user interface," and best of all, can be 3D printed and put together in 11 hours. The vehicle is ready to go into service "as soon as regulations allow it."
"A vehicle that understands human language, where you can walk in and say, 'I'd like to get to work,' that lets you as a passenger relax and enjoy your journey," he said.
The vehicle relies on more than 30 sensors and streams of data from IBM's cloud.
With Watson, passengers can ask about how the vehicle works, where they are going, and why Olli is making specific driving decisions. And it can answer the dreaded driver question "Are we there yet?"
It also can offer recommendations for popular restaurants or historical sites based on the personal preferences of the passenger.
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