A pair of driverless shuttles are humming around a business complex in San Ramon, and they could become the first fully autonomous vehicles on public roads in California.
Testing began Monday at Bishop Ranch, a sprawling 585-acre office park. In a few months, employees will be able to ride the shuttles from parking lots and transit stops to their offices.
The shuttles are small, boxy and red, with rounded edges. They're cute -- like something out of the Teletubbies universe.
The electric vehicles will travel at modest speeds of up to 12 mph. And while the golf-cart pace is less than thrilling, it succeeds at making the whole experience feel very safe and normal.