Optimus Ride, a self-driving vehicle technology company, recently announced the launch of New York state’s first self-driving vehicle program. Under the program six autonomous vehicles will transport passengers between the NYC Ferry stop and the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Cumberland Gate. The route is connection point in a multi-modal commute for thousands of passengers and a commercial autonomous driving system.
The autonomous vehicles will carry 500 passengers per day and more than 16,000 passengers per month. Initially, there will be a safety driver and software operator in the vehicle while in operation. The system will run on a continuous loop between 7:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. on weekdays between the dock and the Cumberland Gate. On weekends the system will run between the dock and Building 77 during those same time periods.
Optimus Ride develops self-driving vehicle algorithms, software, hardware, and system integration for mobility on demand solutions. The company’s fully autonomous vehicles can be used in industrial and office parks, military and academic campuses, smart cities, ports, airports, mixed-use private developments and other geofenced areas.
Optimus Ride has earlier deployed its technology in several Boston-area locations and successfully completed over 20,000 trips since the company’s launch in 2015. The company also has agreements to deploy in three other U.S. states: at Brookfield’s Halley Rise in Reston, Va.; Paradise Valley Estates in Fairfield, Calif., and the Raymond Flynn Marine Industrial Park and Seaport District in Boston, Mass.
Source: Press Release