Self-Driving Car Shuttle Service Debuts in NYC - NBC New York

Self-Driving Car Shuttle Service Debuts in NYC

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    Driverless Vehicles Debut at Brooklyn Navy Yards

    The self-driving cars aren't quite driverless yet, as an operator remains behind the wheel just in case as the vehicle carries passengers around the closed campus of the Navy Yard. Engineers hope to make the cars totally driverless sometime in 2020. NBC 4 New York's Gus Rosendale reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Self-driving cars are set to start picking up passengers in a New York City

    • Starting Wednesday, 6 shuttles operated by Boston-based startup Optimus Ride will take riders on loop to ferry dock in Brooklyn Navy Yard

    • The free service is expected to transport some 500 passengers daily on the yard's internal roads

    Self-driving cars are set to start picking up passengers in a New York City.

    Starting Wednesday, six autonomous shuttles operated by Boston-based startup Optimus Ride will take riders on a loop to a ferry dock in Brooklyn Navy Yard.

    The free service is expected to transport some 500 passengers daily on the yard's internal roads. The company says two employees will ride along at first to ensure the software works properly.

    New York's state legislature passed a bill in 2017 allowing companies to test self-driving cars on public roads, but just a few limited tests have taken place.

    Optimus Ride, which has roots at MIT, has already tested cars in the Boston area. It plans to launch similar programs in Virginia and California.

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