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Real-estate company deploys self-driving vehicle for office park

During the initial phase, three self-driving vehicles will remain in the development to transport tenants from office buildings to parking lots

Tenants will have access to self-driving vehicles contained within the development
Tenants will have access to self-driving vehicles contained within the development

Tenants at the Halley Rise office park development in Reston, Virginia, will be able to access self-driving vehicles to transport them from their office buildings to parking lots.


Real-estate operating company, Brookfield Properties, has formed a strategic partnership with self-driving vehicle technology company, Optimus Ride, in a bid to increase mobility options and add convenience for tenants in their day-to-day lives.


Self-contained self-driving options


Halley Rise is a new $1.4 billion mixed-use development that will transform a 36-acre office park in Reston, Virginia, into 3.5 million square feet of new housing, retail, modern offices, public green spaces, and year-round cultural activations.


Beginning in June 2019, Optimus Ride will provide tenants at buildings currently on the Halley Rise site (One Reston Crescent and Two Reston Crescent) with access to efficient self-driving mobility completely contained within the development site.


“Brookfield is constantly exploring innovations that can improve the experience of our tenants,” said Greg Meyer, executive vice president of Brookfield Properties. The company hopes to extend the partnership to other sites around the world.


With this deployment, tenants will be able to use Optimus Ride’s reservation system and on-demand ride services with three self-driving vehicles deployed in the initial phase. They will remain within the Halley Rise development site and transport tenants from their office buildings to parking lots at the site. An operations team on site will actively monitor the fleet service as well as provide maintenance, cleaning, charging and updating of the self-driving vehicle fleet.

“Brookfield is constantly exploring innovations that can improve the experience of our tenants”

Optimus Ride is committed to the goals of Vision Zero, a multi-national road traffic safety initiative that aims to achieve a road network with no fatalities or serious injuries involving road traffic. Optimus Ride’s vehicles are programmed to adhere to Vision Zero speeds.


Directly adjacent to the new DC Metro Silver Line station in Reston slated to open in 2020, Halley Rise (an area formerly known as Reston Crescent) will significantly enhance Reston’s downtown area with a new destination for people to live, work, dine, shop and socialise.


When fully completed by 2026, Halley Rise will bring a total of 1,500 residential units, 1.5 million square feet of office space, 250,000 square feet of retail, five acres of public open space, and brand-new public streets and infrastructure. Construction will begin mid-2019, with the first phase expected to be completed in 2022.


Brookfield is one of the most prominent commercial property owners in the greater DC metro area, with 40 properties totalling 9.8 million square feet.


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