When it’s raining hard in Frisco, you’ll be able to get a ride in a self-driving car starting this summer. Not San Francisco. Frisco, Texas.
Drive.ai said Monday it will launch in July in the Dallas suburb, providing car pickup service in an autonomous van for users who hail a ride on the company’s app.
The pilot project will connect an office park with an area that has lots of retail, dining and entertainment.
“In our initial rides, passengers will be joined by a safety driver, closely monitoring the vehicles’ operation,” the company said. “We plan to soon remove the safety driver in favor of a chaperone in the passenger seat, who will educating riders about the self-driving experience and attend to the vehicle. And eventually, we will offer passenger-only rides. Throughout every phase of the program, our self-driving vehicles will be connected to our tele-choice technology, providing the ability to call to a remote operator should extra assistance be needed.”
Drive.ai touts itself as a bit different than some of the other autonomous car companies because instead of automotive engineers, the company was started by AI engineers from Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence Lab.
“That’s why we built our entire self-driving system from the ground up: the mapping, perception, motion planning, localization, fleet management, tele-choice, communications, and mobile app,” the company said Monday. “Deep learning is built into every aspect of Drive.ai.”