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Recent News and events

20Nov, 2017

Florida Automated Vehicles Summit Connects Autonomous Vehicle Industry Leaders from Around the Globe

The 2017 Florida Automated Vehicles (FAV) Summit brought hundreds of thought leaders, policymakers, and engineers from around the world. This press release was orginally distributed by ReleaseWire Tampa, FL -- [...]

16Nov, 2017

Florida’s Turnpike breaks ground on Suntrax: Center for Transportation Innovation

By: AJOT - OCOEE, FL – On Monday, November 13 Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (Florida’s Turnpike) held a groundbreaking ceremony and open house for its new center for transportation innovation, SunTrax. [...]

14Nov, 2017

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has retained Bergeron Land Development to construct the SunTrax

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has retained Bergeron Land Development to construct the SunTrax Test Facility in Polk County, Florida. The facility will be constructed on a 400-acre site [...]

14Nov, 2017

Groundbreaking Ceremony Launches Construction Suntrax Test Facility

By AUVSI NEWS. A groundbreaking ceremony officially launched the construction of SunTrax test facility, which is a long-term partnership between the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise and Florida [...]

13Nov, 2017

Florida facility seeks to boost transportation technology

By Lloyd Dunkelberger / The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — State officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday at a transportation facility in Polk County that could make Florida a [...]

13Nov, 2017

Florida Poly plans driverless-car test track

By: Ken Suarez, FOX 13 News AUBURNDALE (FOX 13) - Cutting-edge research on driverless cars is going to be conducted in Polk County. Monday, Florida’s Turnpike and Florida Polytechnic University broke [...]

Why Central Florida

Florida is not new to AVs. Central Florida began exploring AV technology in 2011 with the connected vehicle-affiliated testing bed along I-4. In 2012, the Florida Automated Vehicles (FAV) program was established to lead the state in developing best safety practices and promote awareness for AVs and relevant technology. House Bill 7027 was passed in 2016, which cleared the way for all forms of AV testing.

The Central Florida AV Partnership includes regional agencies and entities that have demonstrated leadership and significant contributions towards mobility challenges. Research and simulation will be conducted at some of the area’s universities, including the University of Central Florida and Florida Polytechnic University. Safety and policy compliance review will be managed by the College of Law within Florida A&M University-Florida State University (FAMU-FSU) College of Engineering. Other participating facilities include the Roadway Network and Swamp Works Lab at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the UCF Transportation Lab, the City of Orlando’s downtown urban core, interstates, expressways, and SunTrax—the only dedicated high-speed AV and tolling testing center in the southeastern United States.

Five Levels of Autonomous Vehicle

Level 0: No automation
Level 0: No automation
The driver is in complete and sole control at all times.
Level 1: Function-specific Automation
Level 1: Function-specific Automation
Function-specific automation, one or more specific functions can be done by the car, for example, cruise control, parking assistance, automatic braking and lane-centering.
Level 2: Combined Function Automation
Level 2: Combined Function Automation
At least two primary functions work in conjunction and the driver can be temporarily relived from driving. For instance, Tesla autopilot system.


Level 3: Limited Self-Driving Automation
Level 3: Limited Self-Driving Automation
All safety-critical functions are done by the vehicle, but the driver’s situational awareness is still required.

By 2020 +

Level 4: High Automation
Level 4: High Automation
High automation, all aspects of the driving task are controlled by the automated system. Vehicles are designed to monitor roadway conditions for the entire trip and driver is not required to be present.

By 2025 +

Level 5: Full Automation
Level 5: Full Automation
Fully automation, all driving tasks can be performed by the automated system, under all conditions, including extreme environments.

By 2025 +

Five Modes of Travel


Autonomous vehicles, or self-driving vehicles, equipped with sensors and on-board computers, can sense their environment and guide themselves with partial or no human conduction. This will help in the reduction of accidents caused by distractions.


Connected trucks or platooning trucks, are equipped with driving support systems which allow one truck to follow the other closely. Platooning trucks maintain a communication link and share data and action among the convoy, increasing fuel efficiency and improving safety on highways.


Autonomous or self-driving buses and shared vehicles operate on fixed routes and provide a controllable environment for vehicle automation. Driverless buses can significantly reduce crashes, provide user convenience and reduce congestions.


Autonomous vehicles have been proven to effectively detect pedestrians and bicyclists, potentially preventing crashes from taking place by taking control of the vehicle if the driver is distracted. In addition, future wearable devices can be utilized to improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.


Advanced control system will achieve a robust balance between the on-board computer of the vehicle and the pilot. Well-developed human-automation systems optimize the allocation of responsibility and enhance the performance of both human and machine.

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