Orlando, US is preparing
Florida made headlines in the summer of 2016 when it updated its law regulating AV tests to allow completely unattended operation on public roads, doing away with requirements that a human backup driver be physically present. Orlando is at the forefront of cities across the state, which are moving quickly amid the biggest real estate boom in a decade to radically rethink how AVs can enable improvements in mobility and land use. The city has partnered with the Florida Turnpike Enterprise and Florida Department of Transportation to form the Central Florida Automated Vehicle (CFAV) partnership.
The group plans a three-phase approach to AV research and testing. The first phase will focus on simulation, tapping the world’s largest cluster of computer modeling talent at more than 100 companies and research organizations. The second phase will leverage a network of test facilities including Florida Polytechnic University’s 400-acre SunTrax testing facility; the grounds of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center; and eventually local highways and regional bus and rail networks. With more than 68 million visitors per year, Orlando could be a key site for improving public awareness and generating support for AV technology.
2017-12-21: Orlando announced a $300,000 planning study, to be completed in early 2019, that will assess the potential automation of city bus and shuttle transit services. Link