Boston, US is piloting AVs

Boston’s vision for future transportation is “Zero deaths, zero injuries, zero disparities, zero emissions, zero stress”. In 2016, recognizing the potential of AVs to advance these goals, the city launched an AV testing program focusing on South Boston’s Flynn Marine Park, a 191-acre waterfront industrial district occupying the site of a former military base tasked with “creating and protecting jobs that pay decent wages for people at a variety of skill levels”. There, the Boston Transportation Department and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, a special innovation unit created in 2010, are overseeing two pilots with local startups using a multi-stage permitting approach.

Startup firm nuTonomy, which is concurrently conducting a trial of an AV taxi service in Singapore, has logged more than 300 test miles in the industrial zone, and received city approval to expand AV testing in a wider area in the Seaport and Fort Point neighborhoods. In June 2017, ride-hail giant Lyft announced a partnership with nuTonomy that it claims could eventually put “thousands” of AVs onto Boston-area roads.

Optimus Ride, another MIT spin-out company, is working on an AV-based last-mile solution to move passengers between the district’s cruise ship docks and other transportation nodes.


2017-12-01: nuTonomy announces the successful completion of its first two-week round of passenger trials in Boston’s Seaport Innovation District. Link

2017-12-28: Lyft and nuTonomy begin self-driving ride-for-hire pilot in Boston’s Seaport district. Link

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