We Rode PA’s First Electric Self-Driving Shuttle at the Philadelphia Navy Yard

Bright and early on a Tuesday morning, this reporter started her day being driven around by a robot.

Almost exactly two years after it was announced, the Philadelphia Navy Yard’s autonomous shuttle pilot has started operating, transporting guests and employees around the South Philly campus.

The self-driving shuttle felt like any other bus, stopping and starting smoothly (ok, maybe not like most other buses…) at all intersections. It automatically halts at each designated stop on its route, and automatically slows down if it senses vehicles, bicycles or pedestrians swerving around it.