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Mar 27
2019

Self-Driving Shuttle Rolls Out to Both Coasts

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Jim Lillie

Self-Driving Shuttle Rolls Out to Both Coasts

Optimus Ride recently announced that it would deploy self-driving vehicles to the 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard industrial park area of New York as well as to Paradise Valley Estates, an 80-acre private and non-profit Life Plan Community in Fairfield, California.

The Navy Yard site includes more than 400 manufacturing businesses, with 9,000 people working there, while the Paradise Valley site is a residential community.

Optimus Ride will offer workers and residents at both locations access to convenient and efficient self-driving opportunities within specific and geofenced areas.

The announcement from Optimus Ride comes a mere few weeks after the company announced a similar partnership with Brookfield Properties to roll out self-driving vehicles at the Halley Rise development located on the outskirts of Washington, DC.

The Navy Yard deployment, scheduled to launch in the second quarter of this year, is said to be the first commercial self-driving vehicle initiative in New York state. The loop shuttle service will operate along the Yard's perimeter to connect passengers between NYC Ferry and Flushing Avenue.

In a press release, David Ehrenberg, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, noted that the Yard had for many years been centered on innovation, adding, "Optimus Ride’s self-driving system will provide efficient transportation for the thousands of commuters who work at the Yard.”

The private and gated community of Paradise Valley will enjoy the self-driving shuttle service sometime this summer. Initially, the service will be used to give prospective residents tours of the grounds.

Residents will also be able to use the service to travel between their homes and other locations within the community, such as outdoor activity sites, health/community centers, and friends' homes.

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