This big toaster talks back
LOCAL Motors, the creator of the world’s first 3D-printed cars, today introduced the first selfdriving vehicle to integrate the advanced cognitive computing capabilities of IBM Watson at its new National Harbour facility in Maryland.
The toaster-shaped self-driving little bus will serve as a test board for passenger and transport interaction using IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) for Automotive.
This link to other things on the Internet gives Olli the fast reactions needed to seem like it is understanding and responding to passengers’ questions as they enter the vehicle, including about destinations, such as: “Olli, can you take me downtown?”, or specific vehicle functions: “How does this feature work?” or even “Are we there yet?”
Under the hood, which in Olli’s case is the floor, a 15 kWh battery pack powers a 20 kW continuous, 30 kW max electric motor that delivers 125 Nm of torque.
Maximum speed is 20 km/h and all-electric range is 58 km with 12 people seated and or standing on board.
To steer, the giant toaster uses a combination of laser, radar, cameras and satellite positioning — specifically two Velodyne VLP16 LiDAR units, two IBEO ScaLa laser scanners, two ZED optical cameras and an Ellipse N GPS.
Olli, the transporter that talks back and drive itself, shows what the autonomous ‘cars’ our children may get to ride in will look like from as early as 2050.