Artificial intelligence is no longer the future. It’s right around the corner, and nowhere is that more evident than in self-driving cars or even self-driving buses.
Olli is a 3D printed electric bus that can carry about a dozen people some 120 miles.
“The future is now,” said David Woessner, an executive vice president at Local Motors, the company behind Olli.
Olli’s 360-degree camera doesn’t have a blind spot and this robo-bus has even more ways of seeing with radar and lidar systems.
Right now, state regulations don’t allow Olli to operate without a safety steward in case of emergencies, but Olli is fully autonomous.
During a demonstration ride, Olli demonstrated how a computer can be more cautious than even the most careful human driver. Olli detected a man crossing the street and slowed down. Its computer is even more cautious than even the most careful human driver. The self-driving bus also stopped for a woman who was darting across the street.
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, out of 38,000 traffic fatalities last year – 94% were caused by human error.
The bus is free from making human choices, like drinking and driving. Woessner said Olli’s “not getting drunk, not getting distracted and driving, not texting, not watching videos, not watching the news, and not talking to the other passengers in the vehicle.”
“We know that the machine will make mistakes also. Typically not because the machine is drunk or even because it’s driving too fast, it’ll be for other kinds of reasons,” said Richard Danzig a national security consultant and former US Secretary of the Navy.
After leading a panel at an artificial intelligence colloquium this year, Danzig told CBN News that “we tend to think ideally about the human and skeptically about the machine and we ought to think skeptically about both.”
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