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  • Could the future of public transport be 3D-printed and on-demand?
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Olli: hail a driverless bus from your smartphone

Imagine if you could hail a bus via an app and address it by name. Olli is an eco-friendly, on-demand transport solution providing just that. But it has no driver. While autonomous vehicles are being backed by governments worldwide, are people ready to stop worrying and climb aboard?

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Olli, when said aloud, is a familiar, welcoming name. It could be the name of a family member, an old school friend, or a flat mate. It’s also the name of the latest innovation from Local Motors – a ‘friendly neighbourhood mobility solution’ for the residents of Washington DC.

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) like Olli may boast safety and eco-friendly credentials – as well as the backing of big-spending international companies and governments – but plenty of people still feel cautious about getting in the passenger seat. “I’m not sure if a computer would be able to react ...



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