When Local Motors launched Olli, it was touted as your “friendly neighborhood mobility solution.” And with IBM Watson helping with the interactions, it certainly is friendly. But it’s not necessarily as friendly as it needs to be. There are many riders with unique needs that Olli doesn’t currently account for. An aging population of riders, those with mobility, hearing or visual issues, or those with cognitive disabilities. And with Olli being self-driving, the lack of a human driver poses some unique challenges in making Olli truly accessible for everyone. In the #AccessibleOlli project, we are taking the Olli platform and building upon it to make a vehicle that can be used by all riders no matter their abilities. We are taking advantage of the latest innovations in IoT technologies and teaming up with IBM Watson to truly make the world’s friendliest mobility solution.

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