This talking, electric, self-driving bus is coming to a city near you

Story highlights

  • Self-driving bus will see commercial launch within a year
  • The design could be used for public transport, cargo and emergency services

(CNN)Self-driving cars are unlikely to reach the public until the next decade, but a self-driving bus will be serving - and talking to - US citizens within a year.

The electric shuttle from Local Motors named "Olli" is on trial in the Washington area, and the company is planning a commercial launch in 2017 in several cities including Las Vegas and Miami.