Ever imagined how easy your life would become if your car starts to drive you to your desired location all on its own. Splendid isn’t it?
Ever imagined how easy your life would become if your car starts to drive you to your desired location all on its own. Splendid isn’t it? This is now possible with the alliance between Optimus Ride and LStar Ventures. The former is a sovereign driving startup while the later is a release estate developer. A new urban development has been set up near Boston called the Urban Point and all the residents of this place will be able to enjoy this service. These driverless vehicles will connect the residents of Union Point to South Weymouth rail station apart from operating in the newly established community. All this will be done through revenue-generating pilot program and veteran sovereign travel service.
The Optimus Ride is a startup that is run by a team of competitors of the DARPA Urban challenge and some driving engineers. They managed to get a test permit for their driverless vehicles from the Department of Transportation, Massachusetts. By obtaining a valid permit, they can now freely operate their fleet of driverless vehicles. According to Optimus Ride, this is the World’s first autonomous vehicle program where the public will pay for accessing the commercial service offering. A similar pilot program has also been conducted in Arizona by a company called Waymo but it was not used to collect revenue from the common public.
Being the world’s first revenue generation pilot program, high expectations have been attached to it and the service is going to start from the upcoming January month. The developers are expected to incorporate other infrastructure as well as to the newly set urban development so that it can be portrayed as the perfect smart city model. The alliance between the two will not only look after the urban point but will also see the neighborhood that occupies around 1,500 acres over South Boston.