New York's Future is Driverless

City dwellers won’t own autonomous vehicles, they’ll share them

Daniel Ramot co-founded Via in 2012 as a shuttle service that relies on algorithms to pick up multiple passengers without taking them on detours or side trips. The service, which costs $5, has done such a good job of pleasing customers, it now makes a million trips per month in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

But Ramot, like other players in New York’s ride-share world, has his eye on the future. He says Via is perfectly positioned for the inevitable switch to driverless vehicles—and that the city is poised for a starring role.

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