Rhode Island launches autonomous-vehicle testing

Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), as part of its Rhode Island Transportation Innovation Partnership (TRIP), recently began testing autonomous-vehicle technology.

The first vehicle was demonstrated last week at the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown and tested all week on the park’s roads.  Similar tests will be conducted in Providence this spring.

A total of 500 miles of testing will be conducted.

The vehicles, called Little Roady Shuttles, were provided by May Mobility. The shuttles can carry five passengers and an attendant and are fully electric.