Optimus Ride Self Driving Cars Offering Free Rides In Brooklyn This Week

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Self-driving startup Optimus Ride will become the first to operate a commercial self-driving service in the state of New York — in Brooklyn. But don’t expect these things to be contending with pedestrians, bike riders, taxis and cars on New York’s busiest roads; instead, they’ll be offering shuttle services within the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 300-acre private commercial development.

The Optimus Ride autonomous vehicles, which have six seats for passengers across three rows, and which also always have both a safety driver and another Optimus staff observer on board, at least for now, will offer service seven days a week, for free, running a service loop that will cover the entire complex.

Commercially viable, fully autonomous robotaxi service for dense urban areas is still a long, long way off  but tackling commercial service in controlled environments on a smaller scale is a great way to build the business while bringing in revenue and offering actual value to paying customers at the same time.

Read more at Tech Crunch.

{Matzav.com}

2 COMMENTS

  1. Those with courage and know how to drive will use these free rides but will sit at the driver’s seat in case of emergency.

  2. Those with courage and know how to drive will use these free rides but will sit at the driver’s seat in case of emergency. Sorry, I skipped the words that it’ll have a safety driver on board.

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