Artificial Intelligence: Argo AI’s Autonomous Vehicles On Driverless Testing In Miami And Austin
Argo AI is backed by Ford and Volkswagen.
In a new milestone in its path towards commercialization of driverless vehicles, Argo AI, which is backed by Ford and Volkswagen, has launched on-road testing of these cars without accompanying safety drivers. These trials will commence in Miami and Austin and be initially available only to Argo AI employees via an app. (Fox Business)
Though not available to paying riders, Argo’s test vehicles would operate in congested areas, at daytime, during business hours.
“Argo is first to go driverless in two major American cities, safely operating amongst heavy traffic, pedestrians and bicyclists in the busiest of neighborhoods,” said Bryan Salesky, Founder and CEO of Argo, in a company announcement.
“It’s a huge step for Argo because it demonstrates the scalability of the Argo Autonomy Platform,” Argo president Dr. Peter Rander said to Fox Business. “We can go to multiple cities, where consumer demand for autonomous services is high, and drive naturally and safely in the heart of these areas.”
Till date, Argo’s self-driving vehicles, accompanied by human safety drivers, were on test in eight cities in the US and Europe. However, effective last December, a few of these robotaxis were ferrying passengers in Miami as a part of the Lyft ride-sharing network.
Argo said in its announcement that it now had the infrastructure and partnerships to “scale commercial driverless services across multiple markets.”
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