Driverless Shuttle Service Nears Providence, RI Launch

The forthcoming Little Roady transit service has a cool moniker: micro-transit, low-speed, driverless shuttle. But whether the service has staying power depends on how it navigates city roads during the next 12 months.

The battery-powered vans are already moving along the 5.3-mile route between the train station and Olneyville Square, but they won’t be taking passengers until later this spring or early summer.

The project is an experiment to find out if short-route transportation services and autonomous vehicles (AVs) can meet the vision of urban planners and satisfy the growing trend to get around in ways that don’t require owning a vehicle or having a human driver.