There have been several occasions in which at HWLibre we have had the opportunity to talk about the vehicle manufacturer by 3D printing Local Motors, a company that is revolutionizing, in its own way, the automotive sector thanks to projects as interesting as the manufacture of vehicles entirely by 3D printing or, as is the case, the construction of a 3D printed autonomous bus that, after several months of testing, we can say that it is shown in its final form.
Among the most interesting details of this peculiar printed bus, tell you that, according to Local Motors, it is the first vehicle to use the cognitive learning platform for cars of IBM, a software that in turn receives the name of Watson Internet of Things for Automotive. Undoubtedly, a new step forward not only in terms of what it means to be able to manufacture buses using 3D printing, but also the fact that software of these characteristics is being used successfully for the first time.
Once the Local Motors bus has carried out several months of tests in an enclosed area that simulates a city, the platform is ready and has permission to operate for the first time in Washington DC before beginning its expansion to other large North American cities such as Miami-Dade or Las Vegas. Quoting the company verbatim:
IBM technology, including IBM Watson or IBM Watson IoT technology, does not control, navigate or drive the bus. Rather, the IBM Watson capabilities implemented on the Local Motors bus will help enhance the passenger experience and enable natural interaction with the vehicle. It offers a smart, safe and sustainable transport solution that has been needed for a long time.
This bus with Watson acts as our entry into the world of self-induction vehicles, something we've been quietly working on in our co-creative community for the past year. We are now ready to accelerate the adoption of this technology and apply it to almost all vehicles in our current portfolio and those in the near future. I am delighted to see what our open community is going to do with the latest in advanced vehicle technology.