Public transport

Companies get innovative to fill in urban transportation gaps

AVs with a safety attendant will shuttle NY commuters. Photo: Optimus Ride
Autonomous vehicles with a safety attendant will shuttle NY commuters. Photo: Optimus Ride

A flurry of recent developments shows how innovative companies are targeting real transportation problems in American cities.

Driving the news: Optimus Ride begins automated-vehicle service Wednesday at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 300-acre industrial park.

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Connecting Lyft or Uber with public transit could bring data risks

Illustration of a bus with a route marque that includes a car, an arrow, and a destination
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Uber, Lyft and transportation agencies across the U.S. are encouraging customers to combine ride-hailing with public transit, ultimately to try to streamline travel options and payment.

Why it matters: These partnerships could fill in gaps in public transportation without worsening congestion. But they could also expose public transit riders to data privacy risks, and upend transit's business model.