Optimus Ride will have part of its driverless vehicle fleet within Union Point neighborhood, which occupies 1,550 acres just over 10 miles south of Boston.
Optimus Ride, an MIT spinoff company developing a self-driving vehicle technology, announced a first of its kind partnership with renowned and liberate real estate developer LStar Ventures, to launch what it’s calling the “first revenue-generating autonomous vehicle pilot program.” This partnership is meant to offer Union Point‘s residents with access to self-driving vehicles. This agreement represents the world’s first revenue-generating autonomous vehicle pilot program will be made possible by means of an earning producing closing mile commuter and local vacation spot independent trip carrier.
Under this 18-month partnership, Optimus Ride will have part of its driverless vehicle fleet on-site within Union Point neighborhood, which occupies 1,550 acres just over 10 miles south of Boston. Union Point residents and visitors will be able to experience driverless vehicles to travel within the site and connect to the on-site South Weymouth commuter rail station. According to the company Visitors and residents of Union Point will have the chance to ride in one of the autonomous vehicles starting in early 2018
This has been made possible because Optimus Ride has been granted consent from the MassDOT (Massachusetts Department of Transportation ) to test highly automated vehicles in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, earlier this year. Over the last several months, Optimus Ride has tested its self-driving vehicles in Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park, located along the South Boston Waterfront.
This scheme represents Union Point’s latest effort to develop the former airbase into a living laboratory for smart city technologies and sustainable solutions that benefit all its residents. Earlier this year, LStar Ventures announced a partnership with GE to install the company’s high-tech street sensors and solar panels as well as other experimental technology in the coming months and years.
According to the recent news, Optimus Ride wouldn’t share financial terms of the deal with LStar. The aim is to start the benefitting service in early 2018, according to Optimus and LStar, and to join other smart infrastructure techs into the Union Point development, which is being built from the ground up as a smart model.