NYC’s First Self-Driving Shuttle Service Optimus Ride Commences

This week NYC’s first-ever autonomous vehicle shuttle service began operation in Brooklyn. Known as Optimus Ride, the organization features a half-dozen, six-passenger electric vehicles. Running on a continuous loop, the shuttles trek 1.1 miles from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to the New York City Ferry dock on the East River. They aim to service 500 passengers per day from the compound which houses 400 companies and …

Ford’s Driverless Car Fleet to Launch in Washington DC

Starting next year, Ford will test a fleet of self-driving cars throughout Washington DC. This comes before launching a full, commercial autonomous-driving program in the city (and others) come 2021. Many developers of similar programs are vying for cities of their own—Uber in Pittsburgh and Google’s Waymo in Phoenix. Regulation over self-driving vehicles is quite loose right now, and it will be interesting to chart …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Experimental cities, self-driving cars, alien life and more in our look around the web

1. Isle of Dogs’ Animation Teams Explains Their Stop Motion Process For anyone transfixed by the visuals of the latest animated Wes Anderson film, “Isle of Dogs,” animation director Mark Waring and lead animator Jason Stalman begin to explain some of their meticulous process in a new short documentary, “Making of: Animators.” As both are quick to admit, it’s not easy trying to get a …