local motors integrates IBM’s watson cognitive computing platform into self-driving vehicle




vehicle technology integrator local motors introduced a self driving vehicle with IBM’s ‘watson’ advanced cognitive computing platform, dubbed ‘olli’. the electric car, which can carry up to 12 people, is equipped with 30 advanced sensors to improve the passenger experience and allow natural interaction with other vehicles.

first working prototype of the local motors ‘olli’




olli’ is the first vehicle to utilize IBM’s cloud-based computing to analyze and learn from high volumes of transportation data. using local motor’s open vehicle development process, more sensors will be added and adjusted continuously as passenger needs and local preferences are identified. 

fits a maximum of 12 passengers




passengers will be able to interact conversationally with ‘olli’ while traveling between destinations, discussing topics about how the vehicle works, where they are going and why the car is making specific driving decisions. these interactions are designed to create more pleasant, comfortable, intuitive and interactive experiences for riders as they journey in autonomous vehicles.

30 sensors allows the car to naturally interact with other vehicles

IBM’s ‘watson’ platform interacts with passengers vocally