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Optimus Ride Announces Self-Driving Vehicle Deployments at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Paradise Valley Estates
[March 20, 2019]

Optimus Ride Announces Self-Driving Vehicle Deployments at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Paradise Valley Estates


Optimus Ride, a leading self-driving vehicle technology company, today announced plans to deploy its self-driving systems at two sites: the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 300-acre modern industrial park with over 400 manufacturing businesses and 9,000 people working onsite, and Paradise Valley Estates, a private 80-acre, nonprofit Life Plan Community located in Fairfield, California. Optimus Ride will provide residents and workers at both sites with access to efficient and convenient self-driving mobility within defined, geofenced areas. This news comes just weeks after Optimus Ride announced a partnership with Brookfield Properties to deploy self-driving vehicles at Brookfield's Halley Rise development, located just outside of Washington, D.C. With these new programs, Optimus Ride will be operating deployments in four U.S. states.

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Slated to launch in the second quarter of 2019, Optimus Ride's deployment at the Brooklyn Navy Yard ...

Slated to launch in the second quarter of 2019, Optimus Ride's deployment at the Brooklyn Navy Yard will be the first commercial self-driving vehicle program in the state of New York. (Photo: Ekoo Media)

Slated to launch in the second quartr of 2019, Optimus Ride's deployment at the Brooklyn Navy Yard will be the first commercial self-driving vehicle program in the state of New York. Optimus Ride will deploy self-driving vehicles on the Brooklyn Navy Yard's private roads, providing a loop shuttle service to connect NYC Ferry passengers to Flushing Avenue outside the Yard's perimeter.



Dr. Ryan Chin, CEO and co-founder of Optimus Ride, said: "We are excited to announce not one but two self-driving vehicle deployments today. Working with leading developments and communities like Paradise Valley Estates and the Brooklyn Navy Yard enable us to further our mission to transform mobility. We're pleased to be the first company to launch a self-driving vehicle program in the state of New York and, having now announced three deployments in the first quarter of 2019, are well positioned as the leader in self-driving systems for geofenced areas."

David Ehrenberg, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, said: "The Brooklyn Navy Yard has long been a center of innovation and we are very pleased to announce our plans to deploy Optimus Ride's self-driving system this summer. Optimus Ride's self-driving system will provide efficient transportation for the thousands of commuters who work at the Yard."


Paradise Valley Estates will welcome the Optimus Ride vehicle system onto its private, gated community this summer. During the initial phase of the program at Paradise Valley Estates, the primary service will be to provide prospective residents with self-driving tours of the community. Additionally, residents will be able to access Optimus Ride through its reservation and on-demand ride services to travel to-and-from their friends' homes, as well as travel to the community/health center, and access outdoor activities within the property.

Kevin Burke, CEO of Paradise Valley Estates, added: "We are constantly exploring new ways of innovating within our industry. With Optimus Ride's self-driving system, we can attract an increasingly tech savvy population seeking independent mobility. It also improves the daily experiences and the quality of life for our residents by enabling them to travel easily and safely throughout our community."

Optimus Ride's vehicles are programmed to adhere to Vision Zero speeds.

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About Optimus Ride

Optimus Ride is a self-driving vehicle technology company on a mission to transform mobility. The company develops self-driving vehicle algorithms, software, hardware, and system integration for mobility on demand solutions. Optimus Ride's fully autonomous vehicles are ideal for industrial and office parks, military and academic campuses, smart cities, ports, airports, mixed-use private developments and other geofenced areas. Currently, the self-driving vehicle technology company is deploying at sites across the country, including in Massachusetts, Virginia, California and New York. With roots at MIT (News - Alert), Optimus Ride's team of outstanding industry experts work closely with the company's clients to design networks and systems specifically for each environment, ensuring end-users reap all of the benefits this technology has to offer. To learn more about how Optimus Ride is bringing the promise and benefits of autonomous vehicles to the real world, visit www.optimusride.com.

About The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) is the not-for-profit corporation that serves as the real estate developer and property manager of the Yard on behalf of its owner, the City of New York. BNYDC's mission is to fuel New York City's economic vitality by creating and preserving quality jobs, growing the City's modern industrial sector and its businesses, and connecting the local community with the economic opportunity and resources of the Yard. BNYDC's vision is a vibrant and dense, modern manufacturing community where businesses are provided the stability needed to invest, grow, and thrive and where diverse job-seekers can come to find a high-quality, middle-class job.

About Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley Estates is a nonprofit life plan community that welcomes people age 60 and older from all walks of life. Our neighborhood, founded by military officers in 1997 and now open to others as well, is a place for our residents to enjoy the next chapter of their lives with the greatest peace of mind. Paradise Valley Estates provides all levels of care-residential, assisted, skilled, and memory care-to over 500 residents, and the community continues to thrive and expand.


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