Meet Olli, the self-driving shuttle you can talk to — thanks to IBM’s Watson - Recode (
Local Motors, the company behind the first 3-D printed car, just debuted its first self-driving vehicle. The shuttle-like vehicle, called Olli, can fit up to 12 passengers and is also the first autonomous vehicle to use Watson — IBM’s machine-learning platform — to communicate with passengers. 

That means Olli can respond to voice commands, like “Hey, Olli, please take me downtown,” and also answers questions using IBM’s speech-to-text, natural-language classifier, entity extraction and text-to-speech technology. The Watson-powered shuttle will even be able to recommend destinations to its passengers. And so begins the transition from human bus drivers to robot bus drivers. 

rtc7974.jpgInside Olli Local Motors Starting today, Olli will be operating on public streets of National Harbor, Maryland — the home of Local Motors’ new facility — and will be available for public use during allotted times over the next few months. Continue reading:

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