Optimus Ride’s self-driving vehicles have taken on a new role providing delivery services at a life plan community in Fairfield, California.
Paradise Valley Estates had been rolling out the self-driving vehicles, letting residents reserve or schedule rides, before going into lockdown on March 18 due to COVID-19.
Passenger access was stopped but Optimus Ride started delivering meals and has since made more than 3,200 deliveries.
Optimus says it will continue delivering meals to residents as long as needed and will resume passenger services when possible.
Ryan Chin, CEO and co-founder of Optimus Ride, said, “As the pandemic subsides, self-driving logistics will be an increasingly important service in life plan communities across the US and beyond.”