Florida Passes Autonomous Vehicle Testing Bill
The passing of this bill, combined with the construction of the SunTrax autonomous vehicle testing facility in Polk County, will position Florida as a leader in the testing and development of autonomous vehicle technology. The SunTrax is a 475-acre facility commissioned by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) that is dedicated to research, development, and testing of emerging transportation technologies. It will feature a multi-lane oval track stretching over 2 miles designed for high-speed vehicle testing, which will make the SunTrax the only high-speed autonomous vehicle testing facility in the southeastern United States. There will also be multiple low-speed tracks located inside the main oval track, designed to test driving at different slopes, angles, and around obstacles. Construction of the main oval track has already been completed, and the rest of the track is scheduled for completion in spring 2021.