The MPO has been sharing news on autonomous vehicles, from driver-less taxis and crew-less cargo ships, to solar powered trams and drones of all kinds. Advances are coming to the freight trucking industry as well. Meanwhile, US DOT in September released long-awaited guidance on self-driving cars, including a model policy for the states to regulate how such vehicles are tested and used on the road, reported Politico.com.
A long-term partnership between FDOT and Florida Polytechnic University has been announced to construct the new, state-of-the-art transportation technology testing facility, SunTrax. The creation of this facility will establish Florida as a transportation technology leader and create a high-tech hub for the research, development and testing of emerging transportation technologies related to tolling, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and automated and connected vehicles.
SunTrax includes a 2.25 mile oval track on a 400-acre site in Polk County, centrally located between Tampa and Orlando. The facility will be placed just within the city of Auburndale and adjacent to the Polk Parkway, just north of Braddock Road. Read the announcement.
Mercedes-Benz shows off the first fully electric heavy urban transport truck. The German company revealed the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck today in Stuttgart, an all-electric truck with a total admissible weight capacity of 26 tonnes (29 U.S. tons), which makes it the first clean energy big rig of its kind. Read the full article.
According to a recent article in Performance Drive, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has teased ‘level 4’ fully autonomous technology, complete with a form of artificial intelligence that could be implemented “sooner than people think.” Read the full article.