Driverless 3D printed bus? Yes!

You might see a cute, driverless bus roaming the streets of Canberra soon, (no, it’s not another election bus). It's called Olli, and it's an autonomous electric minibus designed by U.S. maker, Local Motors, who designed the 12-seater's self-driving system and teamed up with IBM Watson to use natural language and machine learning capabilities to power the EV's other features. Thanks to Watson, you can tell Olli where you're heading using everyday language (e.g. "I'd like to go to Parliament House") and ask it questions about how the technology works. Best of all, it won't kick you out even if you keep asking, "Are we there yet?"

Local Motors is in talks to test the bus in cities outside of the U.S., including Canberra. If and when the time comes that driverless public vehicles can legally shuttle passengers, you'll be able to summon an Olli through an app, just like Uber. And, if Local Motors' plans pan out, a lot of people around the globe will be using that app; company co-founder John Rogers envisions building hundreds of micro-factories all over the world that can 3D print an Olli within 10 hours and assemble it. I kid you not.

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