Providence, US is piloting AVs

Rhode Island’s capital used driverless shuttles as part of a bold, multi-decade plan to revive the city’s oldest industrial district, a corridor stretching Woonasquatucket River through the Olneyville, Valley, and Smith Hill neighborhoods.With at least $1.2 million secured for the first year of operation, a multi-agency effort brought six AVs built by Ann Arbor-based May Mobility.

“Little Roady”, as the pilot was called, open to the public in May 2019, funded through the Transportation Innovation Partnership (TRIP), an initiative launched by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), convening public and private entities in an effort to use new technologies as part of the state’s future mobility solutions. The TRIP consortium included Rhode Island’s Public Transit Authority, City of Providence, Quonset Development Corporation, and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 618.

Notably, TRIP has committed to extensive study and evaluation of the project, issuing call for community survey proposals in January 2019. Independent research firms were engaged to work together with local academic partners to collect feedback from a broad set of parties impacted by this new service.

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