Robot cars coming to Brooklyn Navy Yard

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(Courtesy of Optimus Ride)

A fleet of self-driving cars will soon navigate the industrial campus at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City later this year, a company announced.

 That company, called Optimus Ride, plans to launch the service at the 300-acre site, which houses hundreds of manufacturing businesses that employ a few thousand people.

"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," the company said in a news release.

The company claims that this will be the first "commercial self-driving vehicle program" in New York State.

"Optimus Ride will provide residents and workers… with access to efficient and convenient self-driving mobility within defined, geofenced areas," the company said.