Autonomous and 3D printed cars are everywhere. It can be a cable car, motorcycle, bicycle, and what you could possibly think is this bus that can also talk to its passengers.
Arizona startup Local Motors unveiled its electric bus that’s 3D printed, and it can talk to its passengers using IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) for Automotive which is IBM’s car-focused cognitive learning platform.
The company is able to print vehicle in 10 hours and can assemble it in another hour. They’re looking for “micro-factories” that could opensource the building of their future designs. It can maximize large infrastructure costs of traditional automakers and allows individual customer’s desire with their 3D printing designs.
In this field of 3D printing vehicles, IBM Watson will not only allow automated driving, but also interaction with passengers. The passengers will be able to interact conversationally with Olli while traveling, discussing topics on how the vehicle works, where they are heading, and why Olli is making specific decisions.
“By having authentic conversations with riders about their journey the more they will be connected to technology itself, making them part of the experience rather than an observer. This user experience is the key to making self-driving vehicles a real part of our lives rather than a tech vision of the future”, says Harriet Green, General Manager of IBM Watson Internet of Things.