Recently approved legislation and ambitious projects developed by Florida’s transportation agencies, in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders and partners, are creating a wide set of options for testing autonomous and connected vehicles in the Sunshine State.

In 2016, state lawmakers passed a bill allowing the testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads without the presence of a driver in the vehicle. But not all manufacturers and suppliers are ready to test on public roads. To meet the need for testing in a controlled environment, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise and its partners are creating a test facility, SunTrax, located halfway between Orlando and Tampa.

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