10 most, least expensive D.C. neighborhoods; 3D printed buses that “learn”

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Upcoming Local Events

Don’t forget all of the FREE summer film festivals, concerts, community cookouts, ice cream socials and yoga classes in Reston listed here.

GRCC logoThe Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) will host its next Prospective and New Member Orientation from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. If you’re new to the chamber, interested in joining or have been a member for years but need a refresher, orientation is the best way to understand how to maximize your ROI on Reston Chamber membership. Meet the chamber staff and learn from committee participants on how membership benefits both nonprofit and for-profit companies of all sizes. This event is complimentary to all current and future members.

Reston Association (RA) will host “Totally Trucks” from 9:30 a.m. to noon (ongoing) Friday, Aug. 5, at its Central Services Facility (12250 Sunset Hills Road). Bring the kids and check out all the big trucks that RA uses to keep Reston beautiful. In addition, a police and fire truck may be on display. Children will receive a “Totally Trucks” construction helmet. Rain or shine. No registration required. Free. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The 68th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival will be held Thursday, Aug. 4-Sunday, Aug. 7, at Frying Pan Park. Featuring old-fashioned country fun with carnival games, rides, fair exhibits and a tractor pull . Watch 4-H exhibitors get their farm animals ready to show, visit exhibit booths, try farm chores, enjoy fair food and watch stage entertainment, dog and horse shows, and more. Admission is free. Parking is $8/car/day. Call 703-437-9101.


Image credit McEnearney Associates

Technology and transportation just stepped it up a notch.

Or two. Or three.

Forget Uber and Lyft (and let’s not even mention the standard yellow cab); soon, Olli is going to be the way to go.

Olli, created by Arizona-based Local Motors, is powered by electricity and 3D printed, creating a more “green” ride by reducing the vehicle’s footprint before and after your experience. Gone are the random drivers of yesteryear in less than clean cars and questionable driving skills. Now D.C. has Olli — a bus that can talk (and collect data from 30 sensors)!

In addition to “learning” as it goes along, the bus can also answer questions about how Olli works, where it is going and how it makes decisions. Even better, you’ll be able to call out various destinations and locations and just sit back and let the “driver” do all the work. Olli will even provide insight and answer questions about local destinations and historical destinations.

“Olli offers a smart, safe and sustainable transportation solution that is long overdue,” Local Motors CEO and co-founder John B. Rogers Jr. said. “Olli with [IBM] Watson acts as our entry into the world of self-driving vehicles, something we’ve been quietly working on with our co-creative community for the past year.” IBM Watson Internet of Things has worked as Local Motors’ partner to make Olli the very first vehicle with the capability to analyze and learn from transportation data.

Now the (more) fun stuff: We mentioned before that the bus is set to be a product of 3D printing, and parts of it are created locally at 3D shops and assembled at Local Motors sites. From print to assembly, they expect the bus to ready to run in 11 hours — 10 to print and one hour dedicated to putting it together. Already the company has micro-factories both here and in Europe — Germany, Arizona, Tennessee and a brand-new one in Maryland. And Maryland’s Local Motors facility is hosting the original Olli this summer where you can go see and interact with the smart-bus during select times.

—McEnearney Associates, “3D printed bus takes commuting to the next level”

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