Argo AI Launches Driverless Cars in Miami and Austin
Argo AI announced today that it has launched driverless car operations in two major U.S. cities, setting itself apart in an autonomous vehicle industry that is otherwise focused on locations with limited complexity or mastering one location at a time. The Pittsburgh-based autonomous vehicle (AV) technology company said it commenced driverless operations in Austin, Texas and Miami, Florida, on public streets in busy neighborhoods during daylight hours.
The company’s dual-city driverless announcement marks the culmination of five years of development and testing of the Argo Autonomy Platform, the hardware, software, HD maps, and backend support that powers Argo’s autonomous driving capabilities.
Argo president and co-founder, Dr. Peter Rander noted the significance of the milestone because of the challenge of the urban miles for driverless operations and the potential the achievement presents for scaled deployment of ridesharing and middle- and last-mile delivery services.
“It’s a huge step for Argo because it demonstrates the scalability of the Argo Autonomy Platform,” said Rander. “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.”
Argo’s development footprint — utilizing strategic partnerships across eight densely populated cities with diverse roadways, terrains and populations — allows it to hone the reliability and responsiveness of its autonomous technology, making it easier and safer to introduce in new markets.
Toward the end of 2021, in partnership with Ford, Argo began offering paid autonomous vehicle rides to the public in Miami on the Lyft ridesharing network, and recently started delivering goods to Walmart customers in Miami and Austin — two pilot commercial services that continue to expand. Argo’s operations coverage in Austin, Miami and Washington, D.C. has the potential to reach more than two million people and thousands of businesses with autonomous ridesharing and delivery services.
Development and testing of the Argo Autonomy Platform in eight cities around the world enables the system to learn from a variety of common but challenging driving encounters, including interactions with cyclists, pedestrians and roadway construction, often at peak congestion times.
Argo chief technology officer Dr. Brett Browning adds, “this is a huge milestone. It’s the culmination of all the work over the last five years to get to the point to be operating on public roads driverlessly, and go through all the testing to do that safely,” Browning said. “It’s also really just the beginning. Now we grow from here.”