Polaris Autonomous cars are getting into business … slowly.

The company is jointly developing a self-driving shuttle with Optimus Ride, which currently operates pilot loops in Brooklyn, Washington DC and several other locations using prototypes built on the Polaris Gem E6 platform Huh.

Polaris and Optimus Ride are jointly developing a production autonomous shuttle.

Polaris and Optimus Ride are jointly developing a production autonomous shuttle.
(Polaris / Optimus Ride)

Vehicles operate on fixed, geomorphic loops between pedestrians and traffic at speeds up to 25 mph, using an array of cameras and lidars to monitor their surroundings.

They currently have security backup drivers that board the ship if anything goes wrong, but Sean Harrington, CEO of Optimus Ride, said he expected the central control system to be fully autonomous and monitored until production. Vehicles do not enter service in 2023.

The project is primarily targeted at providing transportation to planned communities, campuses and mixed-use developments, but can also operate on public roads with regulatory approval. Riders can either locate one of the vehicles at the stop location, or use an app.

Harrington said the company has provided 75,000 rides so far and has a clean safety record.

The parties did not state how many vehicles they plan to produce and deploy, but Polaris Commercial VP Keith Simon said that the manufacturing process was being built on a large scale and that the vehicles would be able to install autonomous technology to all Will leave the factory with.