AUBURNDALE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants Auburndale to be the epicenter of the push to develop self-driving vehicles.

DeSantis appeared Thursday morning at the SunTrax facility to sign a bill aimed at boosting Florida’s role as a driver of next-generation automobile technology. SunTrax, a project of Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise now under construction, will provide a testing ground for companies creating all elements of autonomous vehicles.

DeSantis symbolically signed HB 311, which amends existing laws to allow for expanded use of self-driving vehicles on Florida roads.

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