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IoT - Jul 8, 2016
What it is: Local Motors, a crowdsourced car-design platform and creator of theworld's first 3D-printed car, has developed the first self-driving "cognitive" vehicle. The 12-passenger vehicle, dubbed Olli, uses IBM's new Watson Internet of Things system to process data from 30+ sensors in the vehicle andenable passengers to interact with the vehicle using natural language. KurzweilAI reports that Olli can discuss topics such as "how thevehicle works, where they are going, and why [the car] is making specific driving decisions." Olli is currently running in Washington, D.C. with launches planned for Miami-Dade County and Las Vegas later this year.Why it's important: Olli is another example of the power of converging exponential technologies -- in this case, AI, sensors androbotics. This convergence enables "unparalleled, customized experiences for customers, taking advantage of the massive amounts of streaming data from all devices connected to the Internet of Things, including an automobile's myriad sensors and systems," said Harriet Green of IBM Watson Internet of Things. Another benefit: Because Local Motors will produce the car in its micro factories, they're able to make performance tweaks and other improvements every time they build a new Olli vehicle.Spotted by Marissa Brassfield

First self-driving 'cognitive' vehicle uses IBM Watson Internet of Things | KurzweilAI

Local Motors, creator of the world's first 3D-printed cars, has developed the first self-driving "cognitive" vehicle, using I BM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) for Automotive. The vehicle, dubbed "Olli," can carry up to 12 people. It uses IBM Watson and other systems to improve the passenger experience and allow natural interaction with the vehicle.

Jun 23, 2016
What it is: Transit Explore Bus is a Beijing-based transportation company with a novel public transit concept: a giant electric bus that straddles roadways, enabling passenger cars to travel underneath it. The concept is 26 feet wide and 200 feet long, and can carry up to 1,400 passengers at a time -- which means it could replace as many as 40 traditional buses.Why it's important: This concept leverages existing infrastructure to solve two major problems in Beijing -- pollution and traffic -- in a completely different fashion than other mass transit concepts like Hyperloop. What's more, the designers report that this straddling bus would be cheaper than a subway to implement and would require far less maintenance and construction. Discuss on FacebookSpotted by Cody RappJoin MeThis is the sort of conversation we explore at my 250-person executive mastermind group called Abundance 360.The program is highly selective. If you'd like to be considered, applyhere.Share this with your friends, especially if they are interested in any of the areas outlined above.P.S. Every week I send out a "Tech Blog" like this one. If you want to sign up, go to and sign up for this and Abundance Insider.

This Futuristic 'Straddling Bus” Can Drive Itself Over Cars

The 'straddling bus” is part mass transport, part tunnel. Beijing-based company Transit Explore Bus recently unveiled its latest concept design for its str

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