Olli will be used on public roads locally in Washington DC to start, then in Miami-Dade County and Las Vegas later this year.
Olli, was unveiled during the Grand Opening of a new Local Motors facility in National Harbor, Fort Washington, MD last Thursday 16th of June, by Local Motors CEO and co-founder John B. Rogers, Jr.
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.
Passengers will be able to interact and speak with Olli while traveling from point A to point B, discussing topics about how the vehicle works, where they are going, and why Olli is making specific driving decisions.
Passengers can also ask for recommendations on local destinations such as popular restaurants or historical sites based on analysis of personal preferences.
“These interactions with Olli are designed to create more pleasant, comfortable, intuitive and interactive experiences for riders as they journey in autonomous vehicles”, said its builders.
Furthermore, “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 revolutionise the future of transportation for years to come,” said Harriet Green, General Manager, IBM Watson.