Fleet of self-driving vehicles unveiled in Providence
By News Staff
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The way of the future has landed in Rhode Island in the form of self-driving shuttles that can take passengers from Olneyville Square to Providence Station.
The fleet of six fully electric vehicles were showcased Tuesday.
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said the shuttles will connect people to destinations, opportunities, and to each other.
The first person to test them out was Governor Gina Raimondo.
“A few years ago, it would have been almost impossible to believe that Rhode Island would be a national leader in transportation and infrastructure”, Governor Raimondo said at a press conference unveiling the vehicles. “
The shuttles will take passengers to 12 different pre-programmed stops along a 6-mile route.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation and parent company May Mobility have been testing the vehicles in Quonset since February.
RIDOT President Peter Alviti said the vehicles have undergone 500 hours of testing on different roads in and in different weather conditions, and there will still be a driver on board to take over if anything happens.
The “Little Roadies” are available free of charge and open for anyone to ride from any one of the 12 stops between Olneyville Square and Providence Station.
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