May Mobility Self Driving Shuttles come to Providence!


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- It was a big day for six "Little Roady" shuttles as the fleet of self-driving vehicles began carrying passengers throughout Providence.

The free, experimental service now operates seven days a week with 12 stops between Providence Station and Olneyville Square.

Justin Bai, a student at Brown University, decided to hop on one to see what it was like.

"I don't drive, so it's always nice to have public transportation options," Bai said. "I was excited to test it out."

The shuttles function like any other vehicle - stopping at lights, waiting at crosswalks and breaking for any unexpected hazards such as jaywalkers. They have 30 different sensors, radars and cameras that allow them to see a full 360 degrees. A fleet attendant is also on board to take control if there is an emergency.

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