Olli – the Driverless, Electric, 3D Printed Minibus

Published By : 17 Jun 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

What are the three features that describe an ideal vehicle of the future? Driverless, electric, and 3D printed. All of these features can be found in the new self-driving electric minibus Olli. This vehicle has been powered by IBM Watson and has been designed by Local Motors. Over and above these key features, Olli is also partially recyclable. 

The idea behind the manufacturing of this revolutionary vehicle is most definitely out of the ordinary and this can be attributed to the fact that Local Motors is hoping to reinvent the way vehicles are being designed, built, and rebuilt today. 

Local Motors’ Design Inspiration 

The manufacturer has been thoroughly inspired by several crowdsourced designs of vehicles and is taking a refreshing approach to the making of cars by planning to offer one of the very few 3D printing cars in the world this year. The design for Olli was submitted by a student of car design Edgar Sarmiento. Sarmiento wanted to keep the vehicle, in this case a bus, minimalistic and simple. This particular vehicle hopes to serve as the ideal public solution for major cities. 

Speedy Manufacturing and Assembling at Microfactories

The manufacturing process of the driverless bus is one of the most efficient and innovative in the automobile industry today. The parts of the vehicle are 3D printed at a microfactory for only 10 hours and the builders can assemble the vehicle together in another hour. Communities can open source the powertrain at these microfactories. Cofounder and chief executive officer of Local Motors, John Rogers Jr., said that the sensors, the motor, and the electronics are all elements that can be very easily partnered with other companies.

Olli’s Intelligent Hardware and Software 

The hardware of the driverless, 3D printed, electric minibus is easy to manufacture as well as assemble. Moreover, the intelligent software is extremely user friendly. It can also comprehend natural human language, in the sense that it can understand when a passenger asks it about the destination. This brain power is the result of IBM Watson’s IoT platform for automotives. 

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