The 2017 Florida Automated Vehicles (FAV) Summit held November 14-15 in Tampa Florida brought together hundreds of thought leaders, policymakers, and engineers from around the world to not only showcase and discuss new technologies and policy issues. The FAV Summit provided a forum to conceptualize new ideas and for partnerships to be created.
At the 2017 FAV Summit, Kratos Defense Unmanned Systems Division in partnership with Royal Truck and Equipment demonstrated the Autonomous Truck Mounted Attenuator (ATMA) to an international audience. Representatives from Chevron Traffic Services, Auckland, New Zealand, and Washington State DOT both rode in the autonomous vehicle as it performed a “Leader-Follower” operation. Leader-Follower operation is where a human-driven lead vehicle transmits navigation data through a Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) wireless communication link to the driverless ATMA which utilizes the transmitted information to navigate its intended path completely unmanned.