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Primeur weekly 2016-06-27

Focus

Integration and co-design are key to reach capable exascale computing in the US ...

Sunway TaihuLight crunches its data near light-sparkling Lake Taihu ...

Exascale supercomputing

China's exascale supercomputer operational by 2020 ...

Quantum computing

Researchers refine method for detecting quantum entanglement ...

Focus on Europe

Crete becomes the Silicon-Island of high technology research and development ...

Bright Computing is debuting in France and unveils plans for the TERATEC Forum ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center to issue new OmpSs release 16.06 ...

Quantum calculations broaden the understanding of crystal catalysts ...

Middleware

Jack Dongarra honoured with pair of prestigious supercomputing awards ...

Applications

McGill creates neuroscience research hub ...

Children's Mercy Kansas City accelerates major medical breakthroughs for critically ill children with powerful, scalable DDN storage ...

Real rocket science: How do hydrogen droplets behave when hydrogen-oxygen aerosol mixtures burn? ...

A better management of cerebrovascular accidents with supercomputing support ...

American Diabetes Association and IBM Watson Health join forces to reimagine how diabetes is prevented and managed ...

Illinois researchers part of the collaboration identifying a second gravitational wave event ...

Supercomputer changing genetic medicine in Africa ...

CWRU physicists deploy magnetic vortex to control electron spin ...

IBM Watson Health showcases progress tackling diabetes at American Diabetes Association's 76th Scientific Sessions ...

Medical imaging experts tap IBM and Watson to tackle cancer, diabetes, eye health, brain disease and heart disease ...

The Cloud

Mellanox enhances Cloud efficiency with 25Gb/s Ethernet connectivity ...

NetApp Flash accelerates Docker ecosystem with native storage integration ...

WorldQuant Ventures invests in Cycle Computing ...

NASA Johnson Space Center protects critical data with NetApp ...

JD.com and Mellanox join forces to drive e-commerce artificial intelligence ...

Local Motors debuts Olli, the first self-driving vehicle to tap the power of IBM Watson ...

VMware and IBM expand global Cloud partnership with desktop services ...

Local Motors debuts Olli, the first self-driving vehicle to tap the power of IBM Watson


16 Jun 2016 National Harbor - Local Motors, the leading vehicle technology integrator and creator of the world's first 3D-printed cars, has introduced the first self-driving vehicle to integrate the advanced cognitive computing capabilities of IBM Watson. The vehicle, dubbed "Olli", was unveiled during the Grand Opening of a new Local Motors facility in National Harbor, Maryland, and transported Local Motors CEO and co-founder John B. Rogers, Jr. along with vehicle designer Edgar Sarmiento from the Local Motors co-creation community into the new facility. The electric vehicle, which can carry up to 12 people, is equipped with some of the world's most advanced vehicle technology, including IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) for Automotive, to improve the passenger experience and allow natural interaction with the vehicle.

Starting June 16, Olli will be used on public roads locally in DC, and late in 2016 in Miami-Dade County and Las Vegas.

"Olli offers a smart, safe and sustainable transportation solution that is long overdue", John B. Rogers stated. "Olli with Watson acts as our entry into the world of self-driving vehicles, something we've been quietly working on with our co-creative community for the past year. We are now ready to accelerate the adoption of this technology and apply it to nearly every vehicle in our current portfolio and those in the very near future. I'm thrilled to see what our open community will do with the latest in advanced vehicle technology."

Olli is the first vehicle to utilize the Cloud-based cognitive computing capability of IBM Watson IoT to analyze and learn from high volumes of transportation data, produced by more than 30 sensors embedded throughout the vehicle. Using the Local Motors open vehicle development process, sensors will be added and adjusted continuously as passenger needs and local preferences are identified. Furthermore, the platform leverages four Watson developer APIs - Speech to Text, Natural Language Classifier, Entity Extraction and Text to Speech - to enable seamless interactions between the vehicle and passengers.

Passengers will be able to interact conversationally with Olli while traveling from point A to point B, discussing topics about how the vehicle works, where they are going, and why Olli is making specific driving decisions. Watson empowers Olli to understand and respond to passengers' questions as they enter the vehicle, including about destinations ("Olli, can you take me downtown?") or specific vehicle functions ("How does this feature work?" or even "Are we there yet?'). Passengers can also ask for recommendations on local destinations such as popular restaurants or historical sites based on analysis of personal preferences. These interactions with Olli are designed to create more pleasant, comfortable, intuitive and interactive experiences for riders as they journey in autonomous vehicles.

"Cognitive computing provides incredible opportunities to create 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", stated Harriet Green, General Manager, IBM Watson Internet of Things, Commerce & Education. "IBM is excited to work with Local Motors to infuse IBM Watson IoT cognitive computing capabilities into Olli, exploring the art of what's possible in a world of self-driving vehicles and providing a unique, personalized experience for every passenger while helping to revolutionize the future of transportation for years to come."

Though officially introduced on June 16, there is already immediate interest in putting Olli to use on public roads. Miami-Dade County is exploring a pilot programme in which several autonomous vehicles would be used to transport people around Miami.

"Improving the sustainability of local transportation networks as part of a wider goal to create more vibrant, livable, sustainable cities within Miami-Dade County, and improve the quality of life for residents is our top priority", stated Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. "We must do more to improve transit and mobility in our community and the deployment of autonomous vehicles is a big step in the right direction."

As part of Olli's debut, Local Motors officially opened its new National Harbor facility in Maryland to serve as a public place where co-creation can flourish and vehicle technologies can rapidly advance. The company's 3D-printed cars are on display, along with a large-scale 3D printer and an interactive co-creative experience that showcases what the future of the USA's capital might look like. STEM-centred programming is also being developed for the facility so that the public can learn more about 3D printing, sustainability, autonomous technology and get involved with Local Motors engineers and the company's co-creation community.

"National Harbor has a history of attracting unique and experiential shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, so we are an ideal launch pad for Local Motors", stated Jon Peterson, Principal of Peterson Companies, the developer of National Harbor. "We are excited to welcome Local Motors and play a part in the revolution of the transportation industry."

The very first Olli will remain in National Harbor this summer, and the public will be able to interact with it during select times over the next several months. The development of the cognitive rider experience in Olli is a collaboration between Local Motors and IBM Watson IoT's AutoLAB, an industry-specific incubation engine for co-creation of cognitive mobility applications. Production of additional Ollies is taking place at Local Motors headquarters near Phoenix.
Source: IBM

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2016-06-27

Focus

Integration and co-design are key to reach capable exascale computing in the US ...

Sunway TaihuLight crunches its data near light-sparkling Lake Taihu ...

Exascale supercomputing

China's exascale supercomputer operational by 2020 ...

Quantum computing

Researchers refine method for detecting quantum entanglement ...

Focus on Europe

Crete becomes the Silicon-Island of high technology research and development ...

Bright Computing is debuting in France and unveils plans for the TERATEC Forum ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center to issue new OmpSs release 16.06 ...

Quantum calculations broaden the understanding of crystal catalysts ...

Middleware

Jack Dongarra honoured with pair of prestigious supercomputing awards ...

Applications

McGill creates neuroscience research hub ...

Children's Mercy Kansas City accelerates major medical breakthroughs for critically ill children with powerful, scalable DDN storage ...

Real rocket science: How do hydrogen droplets behave when hydrogen-oxygen aerosol mixtures burn? ...

A better management of cerebrovascular accidents with supercomputing support ...

American Diabetes Association and IBM Watson Health join forces to reimagine how diabetes is prevented and managed ...

Illinois researchers part of the collaboration identifying a second gravitational wave event ...

Supercomputer changing genetic medicine in Africa ...

CWRU physicists deploy magnetic vortex to control electron spin ...

IBM Watson Health showcases progress tackling diabetes at American Diabetes Association's 76th Scientific Sessions ...

Medical imaging experts tap IBM and Watson to tackle cancer, diabetes, eye health, brain disease and heart disease ...

The Cloud

Mellanox enhances Cloud efficiency with 25Gb/s Ethernet connectivity ...

NetApp Flash accelerates Docker ecosystem with native storage integration ...

WorldQuant Ventures invests in Cycle Computing ...

NASA Johnson Space Center protects critical data with NetApp ...

JD.com and Mellanox join forces to drive e-commerce artificial intelligence ...

Local Motors debuts Olli, the first self-driving vehicle to tap the power of IBM Watson ...

VMware and IBM expand global Cloud partnership with desktop services ...