'Olli'- 3d Printed, Self driven, Electric and Sassy!

  • Nimish Sany
  • 31 December , 1969

Last week, Local Motors introduced the latest avatar of public transportation, Olli - the self driving, electric 12-seater bus in Washington DC. The best part- the body of this sassy looking ride is 3D printed.  Olli is equipped with IBM advanced cognitive technology named ‘Watson’ to interact with passengers. Watson interacts with the passengers to ask for destinations and clear doubts, if any by extracting information from its vast and programmed transportation database.

Local Motors CEO and co-founder John B. Rogers, Jr said at the launch, “Olli offers a smart, safe and sustainable transportation solution that is long overdue. 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.” he added.

To mark Olli’s launch, Local Motors officially opened their National Harbor Facility, Maryland which will act as the base for their creative and experimenting projects to materialize new transportation ideas. The Olli cabins are on display along with the 3D printer used in manufacture. Visitors can have a ride or interact with engineers and designers at the facility.

Jon Peterson, Peterson Companies, the developer of National Harbor said, “National Harbor has a history of attracting unique and experiential shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, so we are an ideal launch pad for Local Motors. We are excited to welcome Local Motors and play a part in the revolution of the transportation industry.”


Nimish Sany: I bleed my thoughts on paper. And if I cant find a paper, blogs serve the purpose just fine.

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