Finally, Driverless cars have rolled into New York City! The cars have been corralled behind the gates of the sprawling Brooklyn Navy Yard — away from city streets teeming with bikes, cars and pedestrians. So, don’t expect to see them traveling down Fifth Avenue anytime soon.
Optimus Ride, a Boston-based startup founded in 2015, is operating the robo-vehicles and has been testing them around the industrial hub since April.
Strict state laws have kept the Big Apple’s public streets free of the futuristic vehicles so far, and the new buggies will run only on the Navy Yard’s private roads.
They will contend with human-operated vehicles and pedestrians at the site with the help of range finders, cameras, GPS and other sensors to find their way around.
Each shuttle is manned by two people in the front seat at all times, just in case.
The vehicles can each carry four passengers and go up to 25 mph — but will have to adhere to the yard’s 15-mph speed limit.
The cars will run seven days a week to meet passengers going to and from a recently opened ferry landing. Anyone can hop in as there is no charge for a ride.