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New York state innovation centre deploys self-driving vehicles

Optimus Ride will provide workers at the site with an efficient and convenient self-driving mobility option within defined geofenced areas.

Optimus Ride will provide a loop shuttle service for Brooklyn Navy Yard
Optimus Ride will provide a loop shuttle service for Brooklyn Navy Yard

The Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York state, a 300-acre modern industrial park with over 400 manufacturing businesses, is deploying a self-driving vehicle system from Optimus Ride.


It is thought to be the first commercial self-driving vehicle programme in New York state. Optimus Ride has also announced a deployment at Paradise Valley Estates, a private 80-acre, non-profit Life Plan Community in Fairfield, California.


The company will provide residents and workers at both sites with access to efficient and convenient self-driving mobility within defined, geofenced areas.


Mobility on-demand solutions


Optimus Ride develops self-driving vehicle algorithms, software, hardware, and system integration for mobility on-demand solutions. Its fully autonomous vehicles are designed for industrial and office parks, military and academic campuses, smart cities, ports, airports, mixed-use private developments and other geofenced areas.


Scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2019, Optimus Ride’s deployment at the Brooklyn Navy Yard will see self-driving vehicles on the yard’s private roads, providing a loop shuttle service to connect NYC Ferry passengers to Flushing Avenue outside the Yard’s perimeter.


Around 9,000 people work on the site, which is seen as a centre for innovation. David Ehrenberg, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, said the self-driving system will provide efficient transportation for the thousands of commuters who work at the Yard.

“With Optimus Ride’s self-driving system, we can attract an increasingly tech savvy population seeking independent mobility”

“Working with leading developments and communities like Paradise Valley Estates and the Brooklyn Navy Yard enable us to further our mission to transform mobility,” said Dr Ryan Chin, CEO and co-founder of Optimus Ride. “We’re pleased to be the first company to launch a self-driving vehicle programme in the state of New York and, having now announced three deployments in the first quarter of 2019, are well positioned as the leader in self-driving systems for geofenced areas.”


Touring the community


The Optimus Ride vehicle system will be introduced to Paradise Valley Estates’ private, gated community this summer. During the initial phase of the programme, the primary service will be to provide prospective residents with self-driving tours of the community.


Additionally, residents will be able to access Optimus Ride through its reservation and on-demand ride services to travel to-and-from their friends’ homes, as well as travel to the community/health centre, and access outdoor activities within the property.


Kevin Burke, CEO of Paradise Valley Estates, added: "We are constantly exploring new ways of innovating within our industry. With Optimus Ride’s self-driving system, we can attract an increasingly tech savvy population seeking independent mobility. It also improves the daily experiences and the quality of life for our residents by enabling them to travel easily and safely throughout our community.”


Optimus Ride’s vehicles are programmed to adhere to Vision Zero speeds.


News of the deployments follow Optimus Ride’s announcement of a partnership with Brookfield Properties at Brookfield’s Halley Rise development, located just outside of Washington, DC.


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