Self Driving Cars Transport Brooklyn Navy Yard Commuters


Adventurous commuters had the chance to test out the first-ever driverless cars to be offered in the NYC area. The fleet of six cars transported passengers along a one-mile loop around the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The Boston based technology company; Optimus Ride offered a free lift from the NYC Ferry stop at Dock 72 and Cumberland Gate at Flushing Avenue during the morning rush hour.

Carey Booth who commutes by ferry every day from her home in Astoria, Queens to the Brooklyn Navy Yard took a ride in one of the driverless cars and told the New York Post, "The ride was extremely smooth, smoother than the Navy Yard buses. The car adjusted really well on turns and when other cars were driving nearby. It seems like they've tested it extensively."

Carlos de Jesus said of his test ride, "This was my first time in a self-driven vehicle. If no one had told me, I wouldn't have known it was self-driven."

A spokesperson from Optimus Ride said the company expects to transport more than 16,000 passengers per month in its driverless fleet.

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