Here is a step into the future!
Olli is a 12-passenger driverless bus, designed by Local Motors, that, in theory, you will one day be able to summon with an app. If this future arrives and driverless vehicles are eventually permitted to shuttle passengers around, the Olli app will function similar to the Uber or Lyft apps, but the vehicle will be nothing like the Uber and Lyft cars you’re used to riding in.
For starters, there’s the whole “no driver” thing, which isn’t exactly true. No, there’s nobody physically sitting at the front of the vehicle steering. Instead, there is a person monitoring the bus’ travels remotely, just in case. But essentially, the bus is driverless.
Finally, Olli is electric, so it’s far cleaner than a standard, gas-powered public bus.
It is already on the streets of the District, and it is scheduled to take the streets of Miami and Las Vegas later this year.
I think this is the first step towards a less car-congested, and a safer, tomorrow.