The new SunTrax self-driving car test track is zooming toward the finish line in Polk County, and some interesting business opportunities already are popping up.
In case you’re not familiar with it, the 2.25-mile self-driving vehicle test track, designed for high-speed travel, is getting built on a 400-acre Auburndale site. The oval track is expected to take about two years to build out, with an opening planned for spring 2019, which includes a 9,000-square-foot storage building and operations center, SunTrax Project Coordinator Paul Satchfield, program management administrator for Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, told Orlando Business Journal.
The $42 million oval track — a long-term partnership between the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise and Florida Polytechnic University — will have three general-purpose lanes and two express lanes.
Although the entire facility with the infield will not be fully completed until 2021, Satchfield said the oval track will be open for business and create opportunities.