Rhode Island Awards Contract to Run Autonomous Shuttles

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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to begin a self-driving shuttle service in Providence.

The agency said Monday that May Mobility in Ann Arbor, Mich., will operate the state’s first autonomous transit pilot service, to launch this spring.
The state will pay $ 800,000 for the first year.

Services will move between the cities of Providence and Olneyville via the corridor of the Woonasquatucket River. There is currently no public transport across the road.

The company will test electric services in Quonset Business Park this winter.

Each vehicle has six people, including a participant capable of fully controlling the shuttle to ensure safety.

The service will be free for one year.

The contract includes options to extend the service for another two years.

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