Boston OKs autonomous Optimus cars

A second self-driving car company will start carrying passengers in Boston soon and could eventually use its autonomous vehicles to help employees of Seaport companies get to work.

Optimus Ride, based in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park in South Boston, was approved by city officials to carry passengers in its autonomous vehicles last week.

“There are places people definitely need to go, and there’s definitely a first- and last-mile problem,” said Ryan Chin, chief executive officer of Optimus Ride. “The Silver Line isn’t really cutting it at many times of the day. I think there’s an opportunity to rethink that.”

Optimus will start by carrying passengers only in the Marine Park but plans to expand further into the Seaport.

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Article by Jordan Graham