Self-driving car startup Optimus Ride Inc. is partnering with the developer behind Weymouth's Union Point to launch what it's calling the "first revenue generating autonomous vehicle pilot program."
Visitors and residents of Union Point will have the chance to ride in one of the Boston startup's autonomous vehicles starting in early 2018, according to the company. During the pilot program, which was first reported by the Boston Globe, passengers will be ferried to and from the South Weymouth commuter rail station.
Union Point is a 1,550-acre former naval air station in the midst of a $1 billion redevelopment under North Carolina-based LStar Ventures. The site, which touches parts of Abington, Rockland and South Weymouth, will be turned into a mixed use development with more than 4,000 residences and 8 million square feet of commercial space.
Founded in 2015 by a team out of MIT, Optimus Ride is building a combination of sensors and software that will allow cars to operate with no human interaction in many scenarios — known as Level 4 autonomy (out of five levels) — and to be summoned via a smartphone.
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