Nutonomy Gets a Boston-Wide Go Ahead For Testing Autonomous Cars
A road, whether symbolic or one we travel will always have potholes, diversions and speed-bumps which alter our direction. That’s very true in our lives if we have to commute on a daily basis or ever want to take a trip. Nothing ever goes the way it’s planned, this is certainly true for autonomous cars.
If one thing is certainly true for companies and autonomous cars, it’s that they’re ceaselessly trying to fix the problems and make the dream a reality. And while they face setbacks somewhere, they continually drive to be seen everywhere. Recently, NuTonomy, a Massachusetts-based company was given the green light by Boston to test out their brand of automation.
NuTonomy gets a Boston-wide go ahead
Martin Walsh, current mayor of Boston, gave a statement, in which he expressed optimism towards their ongoing use.
“Continuing to test autonomous vehicles in a careful and methodical manner represents another step forward in helping us to achieve the vision for improved mobility that was established by residents during the Go Boston 2030 Transportation Plan public process.”
“If deployed thoughtfully, shared fleets of autonomous vehicles could offer the city of Boston the potential to improve safety on our streets, provide equitable connections to the MBTA and offer a new source of mobility to all Boston residents.”
While autonomous cars have felt a significant amount of criticism due to their involvement in road fatalities. Statistically, they have the potential to reduce the number of road accidents overall.
As part of the agreement between the city and NuTonomy, the latter will issue quarterly reports on its progress. Allowing the mayoral office to have some regulatory oversight over their activity.
NuTonomy’s good track record
Since January 2017, Boston has played occasional host to NuTonomy. It’s latest decision demonstrates that this has led to an accrued level of trust between the two parties. Months on in 2017, the latter had entered a partnership with Lyft in order to test out passenger carrying autonomous cars as well.
During this time, their cars were highly active in the Seaport area, gaining a lot of test miles and enjoying a modest level of success.