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3D Printed Autonomous “Minibus Olli” helps to defuse traffic

The American start-up has developed a minibus which autonomously runs through the streets. Bus parts are made in a 3D printer. Thanks to the artificial intelligence of the super computer Watson from IBM the bus can hold even a chat with the passengers. While driving!

When the minibus Olli nothing is welded, there’s no diesel engine and also no steering wheel. Not even a driver’s seat. And yet Olli will soon drive passengers around the world through the towns of huh converse with passengers and respond even when it is called by a passenger per app.

Foto: Local Motors
Foto: Local Motors

Olli is perhaps the future of public mobility in the cities. The small bus has a body motor made in Phoenix with the help of 3D printed shape produced in US company.

Assembled in just one hour

“We hope that we can roughly in ten hours print all vehicle and assembled within an hour,” says Jay Rogers, motors local who founded in 2007. In November of last year surprised local motor tuning Messe SEMA in Las Vegas visitors with the presentation of the red and black Coupe called LM3D swim, which mostly comes from the 3D printer and already in next year’s series.

Now Olli, the self-propelled small bus follows the LM3D swim. This is not much longer than a supermini with 3.92 m, but has a standing height of 1.95 m. Up to 12 passengers can sit on benches on the three doorless car walls.

Foto: Local Motors
Foto: Local Motors

Kick-off for the official start-up of the self-propelled small bus was late last week the opening of the site by local motors in the estate Park National Harbor in Maryland near the American capital of Washington, D.C.

Minibus Olli has room for 12 passengers

Currently, the minivan only at National Harbor on set routes draws his cars. Test runs are planned in Las Vegas and Miami. According to Jay Rogers of local motors there are already talks with about a dozen other cities around the globe, about Berlin, Copenhagen and Canberra.

Foto: Local Motors
Foto: Local Motors

Orient Olli can while driving with the help of Lidar and camera systems, as well as a GPS module for determining exact location. Who would like to use Olli, for example, on his work, can simply request this via Smartphone app. The bus is driven by wheel-hub motors, the range is 58 km. However it can be very leisurely go Olli: top speed is 20 km/h.

Answers to question like: “we’re soon?”

Olli is although driverless, but the bus without driver is not mute. Olli has the artificial intelligence “IBM Watson” for the communication with the passengers on board.

Foto: Local Motors
Foto: Local Motors

This is the bus to able to understand human language. “You can go and say: ‘ I want to the work, and then you can enjoy the journey”, IBM Manager Bret Greenstein says.

The super-intelligence Watson won in February 2011 the American quiz show Joepardy spectacularly against two quiz professionals. According to IBM, Watson device so common issues such as “we’re soon?” does not fix.

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Foto: Local Motors

Remote monitoring via Service Center

On the contrary, with his partner Watson, Olli is common to the charm PIN. He gives tips on good restaurants his passengers, has Insider Guide to historic sites in the brain and can consider it even more the preferences of its passengers.

Foto: Local Motors
Foto: Local Motors

Despite of all artificial intelligence: Local wants to do without human assistance. Every trip in the electric microbus is permanently being monitored remotely via a service center so that in an emergency a person can assume the Director.