Passengers can interact with arguably the world's smartest bus driver

Local Motors, the American technology company behind the world’s first 3D-printed car, has unveiled their latest vehicle: an autonomous microbus. “Olli,” as the glass box on wheels is named, is the first self-driving vehicle to rely on the computing power of IBM Watson. The cognitive computing system self-navigates Olli and has the capability of verbally interacting with passengers.

A press release from IBM explains: “Olli is the first vehicle to utilize the cloud-based cognitive computing capability of IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) to analyze and learn from high volumes of transportation data, produced by more than 30 sensors embedded throughout the vehicle. Using the Local Motors open vehicle development process, sensors will be added and adjusted continuously as passenger needs and local preferences are identified. Furthermore, the platform leverages four Watson developer APIs—Speech to Text, Natural Language Classifier, Entity Extraction and Text to Speech—to enable seamless interactions between the vehicle and passengers.”

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