Optimus Ride, a Boston-based automobile company, announced plans to establish an autonomous car service in New York in the second quarter of 2019. The company also plans to provide ride-hailing trips to residents of Paradise Valley retirement community in Northern California.
Of course, robot cars won’t be wandering around Times Square anytime soon. Optimus Ride’s autonomous shuttles will run in closed loops on private roads within the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The service will be available to approximately 8,500 people working in various heavy and light manufacturing businesses of Navy Yard, as well as future passengers of New York City’s East River Ferry service for the new port of Navy Yard, which is planned to be in use in the future.
Optimus Ride hasn’t given any clear information on how many of these vehicles will be used or the features of the vehicle. “Optimus Ride utilizes Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) that are designed for operating in environments of 25 mph. Optimus Ride is vehicle agnostic and can integrate our self-driving technologies into any vehicle type.” said by a spokesperson in a mail according to The Verge.
This is a very important development, given the robot taxi failure in New York, which has suffered a lot over the past few years. About two years ago, New York State had approved the bill that allowed prototypes of these vehicles to be tested on public roads.
Optimus Ride’s latest robot car breakthrough is a development that will prove a great revival for New York. Let’s see how time will give the test in this arm with technology.