IMTS has partnered with Local Motors to offer the IMTS Ride Experience featuring the breakthrough technology in Olli, the first self-driving electric vehicle equipped with IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
Built by Local Motors, Olli can carry up to 12 riders and will navigate a track in the C Hall of the North Building at IMTS 2016, September 12-17, McCormick Place, Chicago.
Limited to about 5 mph for show purposes (but capable of 25 mph), Olli uses the cloud-based cognitive computing capability of IBM Watson to analyze and learn from high volumes data produced by more than 30 sensors embedded in the vehicle, including cameras, GPS and LIDAR (Light Imaging, Detection, And Ranging).
Olli was designed from the ground up by Local Motors, the company that shook up the manufacturing industry when it 3D-printed and assembled a car, the now-famous Strati, live in less than two days at IMTS in 2014.
Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers says: “Our intent this year was to create an unforgettable experience for IMTS attendees by offering them a ride in an autonomous vehicle.
“IMTS draws the world’s top minds in manufacturing, and we’re excited to give them a ride in the self-driving vehicle of the future.”
Peter Eelman, vice president, exhibitions and business development, Association For Manufacturing Technology, the parent organization of IMTS, says: “IMTS and Local Motors once again partner together, this time not just to show the world the practical applications of leading edge technology, but to enable IMTS visitors to have a personal experience with technology.
“Olli’s manufacturing and operation demonstrates the convergence of technologies showcased at IMTS, including 3D printing, the Internet of Things and complex interactions with machines via the human voice.”
Designed for travel in dense, urban areas, college and corporate campuses, riders can “hail” Olli via an app or a kiosk. While cloud analytics and live data enable Olli to react faster than any human, a remote operator provides human supervision.
To enhance the autonomous vehicle travel experience, Olli uses Watson’s capabilities to enable riders to ask complex questions in “natural language” voice. Want to know the top spots for deep-dish Chicago-style pizza? Want to learn more about the vehicle’s construction and technology? Just ask Olli. In it’s real-life testing locations (currently National Harbor, Maryland and Las Vegas and Miami later this year), Olli takes route instructions and explains what is happening during the trip.
“While creation of the world’s first 3D-printed car at IMTS two years ago was groundbreaking, we wanted to enable visitors to interact with advanced technology at this year’s show,” says Rogers.
In addition to Olli, Local Motors will have other 3D-printed vehicles (including the Strati) on display at its booth, NC-780, which is immediately next to the IMTS Ride Experience. Siemens PLM Software, a longtime partner, will also showcase its Solid Edge software at the booth, as Local Motors uses Solid Edge in the design and build of all its vehicles.