Say hello – The "Olli" is a self-driving, electric bus from Local Motors, which is currently on trial ahead of commercial launch in US cities including Las Vegas and Miami in 2017.
All aboard – "Olli" holds 12 passengers, and is expected to initially operate in closed network locations such as campuses and airports.
Gift of the gab – Ollli is the first vehicle to feature IBM's Watson cognitive computer which powers a "friendly" vocal interface that passengers can talk to, although it is still working on understanding regional accents.
Click and print – Olli can be produced in two weeks through this 3-D printer. Using printed materials allows Local Motors to scale up production rapidly, and use a lower-carbon production process.
Cutting edge – Local Motors is known for producing innovative vehicles, such as the first 3-D printed car, the Strati, which will also be given autonomous capability.
Race to road – Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers believes such innovations can help his company outpace higher-profile competitors in bringing autonomous vehicles to the public.
Speed bumps – Taxi giant Uber is testing driverless technology, but CEO Travis Kalanick predicts it will be 2030 before the company can dispense with drivers.
Mapping terrain – The Olli bus will use Lidar, a laser sensing system also used by Google's driverless cars.
Public access – Self-driving buses are outstripping cars to date, with the French-made Navya autonomous electric vehicle already operating in Paris.