US Local Motors is testing a self-managing electric minibus that allows riders to talk about the weather and where they are while driving from one place to another, Engadget writes.
The minibus was conceived only a few months ago, but it is now moving to Maryland, USA. The company plans to release more buses in other cities, including Copenhagen and Las Vegas, as soon as possible.
The vehicle bears the name Olli and looks like a big phone booth, writes Autoblog. According to the website, the bus can carry up to 12 people, with its own cameras and GPS to navigate space and avoid obstacles on the road. The vehicle is currently closely monitored by a company team while driving on the road.
In fact, Olli uses the cloud-based cognitive platform of IBM’s Watson supercomputer to communicate with people. In addition, he may receive inquiries about stops, answering questions about his design, functions, or offering restaurants depending on the destination.
Olli is created through a mixture of 3D printed parts, aluminum and steel elements. The electric vehicle can now only run on several public roads. Local Motors advertises it as a bus, suitable for places like campuses of universities and airports.
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