IBMs AI platform, Watson, is being integrated with Olli services.
Olli is an electric-powered autonomous vehicle, minibus, that has the capacity to carry up 12 people. It was designed by Local Motors, based in Arizona, using technologies such as 3D printing.
The vehicle will have a unique version of Watson integrated into Ollie to improve passengers experience, according to IBM. Though Watson won’t be navigating or driving the vehicle. “IBM technology, including IBM Watson or IBM Watson IOT technology, does not control, navigate or drive Olli. Rather, the IBM Watson capabilities of Olli will help to improve the passenger experience and allow natural interaction with the vehicle,” the company said.
A few Watson APIs will be integrated with Ollie: Speech to Text and Text to Speech, Natural Language Classifier, and Entity Extraction. Passengers could be able to talk to Ollie and ask for locations of landmarks, attractions, restaurants and much more.
These vehicles are planned to operate in Washington, DC, and then expand to Miami-Date County and Las Vegas.
Automated vehicles will one day change how we drive and most specifically the taxi industry and IBM, one of the worlds largest technology companies, is taking its first steps. “Olli offers a smart, safe and sustainable transportation solution that is long overdue,” John B. Rogers, co-founder of Local Motors, said in a statement. “Olli with Watson acts as our entry into the world of self-driving vehicles, something we’ve been quietly working on with our co-creative community for the past year. We are now ready to accelerate the adoption of this technology and apply it to nearly every vehicle in our current portfolio and those in the very near future. I’m thrilled to see what our open community will do with the latest in advanced vehicle technology.”