Local Motors has unveiled the first autonomous vehicle that integrates IBM Watson IoT for Automobiles. Called Olli, the electric vehicle can carry up to 12 passengers uses Watson to let passengers interact with it in a conversational manner. For example, passengers can ask questions such as “Olli, can you take me downtown?” and the vehicle would respond. It will also answer questions related to specific vehicle functions and offer recommendations on local destinations such as restaurants or historical sites. Local Motors hopes that these interactions will create a “pleasant, comfortable, intuitive and interactive experiences for riders as they journey in autonomous vehicles.” It uses four Watson developer APIs, namely Speech to Text, Natural Language Classifier, Entity Extraction, and Text to speech. The vehicle also has 30 sensors embedded in to help it move about without hitting anything.
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