Written by Kfir Kedem – April 07, 2021
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
Founded in Boston, Massachusetts with talent coming straight out of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Optimus Ride designs and builds electric autonomous vehicles for geo-fenced localized communities. This means that the cars are able to drive autonomously within a restricted area that has been specified. These vehicles are perfect for campuses such as large corporate areas or universities.
A partnership was just released between Optimus Ride and Polaris in regard to the Polaris GEM (Global Electric Motorcars) line. The GEM line features low-speed commercial electric vehicles. These are already driven mainly on campuses and adding a self-driving feature to them will be a main upgrade in the release of the all new GEM line that is set to come out in 2023.
Optimus Ride already has vehicles running on several campuses running across the United States. Furthermore, Optimus Ride claims to have completed over 75,000 rides within the last two years.
Auto Trendy’s take:
As mentioned previously this week, autonomous vehicles are coming sooner than we think. Companies such as Innoviz Technologies are working on technologies to make these vehicles safe and companies such as Optimus Ride are already deploying vehicles under safe conditions. Optimus Ride is already proving the functionalities and capabilities of autonomous technologies. Press releases only discuss the GEM line, but it would certainly be interesting if Polaris had a confidential deal going with Optimus Ride to also automate their electric passenger cars.