Why it Matters: The Central Florida Autonomous Vehicle Partnership will be the main place statewide to test and study autonomous vehicles and related technologies.

The $42 million SunTrax autonomous vehicle testing site in Polk County being built by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, a business unit of the Florida Department of Transportation, will complete construction of its 2.25-mile oval track in 2018 and expects to be fully operational by spring 2019.

“As the new year progresses, there will be a couple of buildings built, the oval will be paved,” SunTrax Administrator Paul Satchfield says. “By the end of 2018, we’ll be far along in the process.”

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