The autonomous vehicles are the first to premiere on Rhode Island's streets.
These new shuttles are pretty cozy, with just six seats, one of which is reserved for an attendant who can override the car's computer when safety calls for it.
They're a first step toward a future where more (if not most, or all) public transportation could be built around self-driving vehicles. State transportation officials say they plan to collect data from this pilot program to prepare for whatever new technology is to come.
The full route -- which is available on RIDOT's website -- takes passengers from the Statehouse to Providence's Olneyville neighborhood.
In the first shuttle to roll out down Smith Street were Gov. Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.
"I was a little nervous at first," Elorza said. "Then, I gotta admit, it was kind of boring. It’s a car ride!"
Asked whether the shuttle hit any potholes along the way, Raimondo shook her head.
"It must have swerved around them," she said, "because I'm sure there were some."